Department of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane accompanied by Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Ghordan, tapped into several water related issues as she addressed a mass of water sector stakeholders and major role players in the private sector today.
Minister Mokonyane noted that although climatic changes cannot be stopped, the department is currently working on the development of an integrated water master plan to better plan ahead. The Water Master Plan will be the first of its kind and will be developed in support of the National Development Plan (NDP). The plan includes the exploration of desalination, which is already being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Prioritising areas of operations and maintenance, to capacitate the state will also form part of the Water Master Plan.
“South Africans need to be educated about water conservation hence the department has embarked on various intense educational and awareness programmes to inform the public about the importance of the role towards water use.
Minister Mokonyane sighted behavioural change and adapting to certain good practices by both water managers and end users and starting being responsible when it comes to issues of water.
Both Minister Mokonyane and Minister Ghordan agreed that there was major need for new brains, minds, technologies and innovation to support the drought disaster that is affecting large parts of the country.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS