2023-w320 - 07 March 2023

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What role has his department played in holding the mine accountable for (a) the slimes dam disaster in Jagersfontein in the Free State and (b) enforcing safety regulations, given that it has been nearly five months since the disaster and that victims have been left stranded with family members in nearby towns and those whose homes are being rebuilt are receiving subpar housing that is not close to the houses that were destroyed?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 7 Mar 2023

a) The Department of Water and Sanitation issued a directive to Jagersfontein Developments (Pty) Ltd on 12 September 2022, in terms section 20 (4) of the National Water Act (NWA), 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998), relating to control of emergency incidents. Amongst other issues, the directive requested rehabilitation of all the affected areas from the Wolwas dam in the Proses Spruit and from ...

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2023-w241 - 07 March 2023

David William Bryant to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to Parts 9 and 10 of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, which deals with licensed sewage package plants, (a) what is the total number of licensed plants in (i) each province and (ii) total in the Republic and (b) of those licensed plants, what percentage were (i) inspected and (ii) audited correctly in each year since 2009 until the latest date of which information is available in 2023; (2) with reference to the specified Act which deals with unlicensed sewage package plants, upon conducting inspections and audits, (a) how does his department assess what environmental damage has resulted from non-compliance and (b) what action has been taken by his department where plants were found to be non-compliant with their licensing conditions?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 7 Mar 2023

Part 9 of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998 (NWA) deals the review and renewal of licenses, and the amendment and substitution of conditions of licenses. Part 10 deals with contravention of or failure to comply with authorisations. None of these parts of legislation deal directly with sewage package plants.

a) (i) The details for each province are summarised in the table ...

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2023-w222 - 07 March 2023

Tamarin Breedt to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)What are the reasons that work continued on the multi-million Rand sewage project in Deneysville, Free State, while the existing license has apparently expired in 2021; (2) whether there is a new application to continue the project; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) what are the reasons that public participation (a) was not done before embarking on the project, as is required with a project of this nature, (b) is only scheduled for the end of February, a month before planned completion and (c) is not to be held in the town affected, but in a neighbouring town; (4) whether, considering that the project is set to be completed by end of March 2023, posts have been advertised for the plant; if not, why not; if so, (a) which posts have been advertised and (b) what are the (i) requirements and (ii) financial implications of the positions; (5) whether the plant will open on time with relevant employed staff; if not, why not; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 7 Mar 2023

(1) The construction of the Refengkgotso (Deneysville) Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) commenced in 2017/2018 with the Contractor appointed on 9 May 2017, after the Water Use License (WUL), (14/C83M/CFGI/4681) was issued on 7 June 2016. The effluent discharge pipeline was constructed in 2017 and halted in 2017 when it was at 95% towards completion. At the time, the outstanding scope of work included the construction of the discharge ...

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2022-w4283 - 15 December 2022

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

What is the (a) current backlog in the provision of water and sanitation in the rural areas across the Republic and (b) total cost attached to the backlog?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

a)  The current backlog in the provision of water in the rural areas across the Republic are as follows:

  • Out of a total of 19,368,622 households in South Africa 6 396 431 households are classified as rural households
  • Out of 6 396 431 rural households 4 760 182 (86%) have access the RDP level of service for water
  • Out of 6 396 431 rural ...
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2022-w4594 - 15 December 2022

Ignatius Michael Groenewald to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1) With reference to his reply to question 2335 on 17 July 2022, what (a) total number of the 77 Water Services Authorities who initially failed to comply with the non-compliance letters issued by his department submitted corrective action plans since June 2022 and (b) are their names. 2) whether he will make a statement on the matter; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

(a) Fifteen (15) of the remaining 77 Water Services Authorities (WSAs) have submitted action plans since June 2022.

(b) The following fifteen (15) WSAs have submitted action plans:

  • O R Tambo DM
  • Sunday River Valley LM
  • Kouga LM
  • Beaufort West LM
  • Kannaland LM
  • Matzikama LM
  • Prince Albert LM
  • Swellendam LM
  • Siyacuma LM
  • Tsantsabane LM
  • Merafong LM
  • Lesedi LM
  • Rand West LM
  • Pixley Ka Seme ...
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2022-w4344 - 15 December 2022

Anna Maria Van Zyl to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether his department has been informed of any sewerage spillages into natural water sources in the (a) Walter Sisulu Local Municipality and (b) Senqu Local Municipality; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) is the location of each spillage and (ii) steps has his department taken to assist the Joe Gqabi District Municipality to (aa) fix the infrastructure and (bb) rehabilitate the specified natural water sources?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

a)  The Department is aware of the sewage challenges experience by Joe Gqabi District Municipality. There have been long standing issues at the Burgersdorp sewage system and Steynsburg Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW). The status regarding progress made is as follows:

  • Contractors are currently at both sites
  • Progress made at the Burgersdorp WWTW is at 95%
  • Progress made with the Steynsburg sewage system is ...
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2022-w4533 - 15 December 2022

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Whether his department has any alternative plans put in place to provide (a) rural households and (b) persons with disabilities living in rural areas in KwaZulu-Natal with bulk water supply; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the alternative plans?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

The Department of Water and Sanitation is funding various bulk water supply projects which benefit rural househols as well as persons with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal. The following are the projects which are being implemented in the various municipal areas:

Project name

Municipality

Estimated project cost

No. of beneficiaries

Overall progress

Nongoma BWS

Zululand DM

R822 m

153 236

100%

Greytown BWS

uMzinyathi DM

R523.4 ...

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2022-w4595 - 15 December 2022

David William Bryant to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

(1)With reference to Part 9 of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998, what measures has his department taken to ensure the compliance of water treatment package plants with their licensing conditions in each province in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022; (2) what (a) punitive measures have been taken against those who contravened their licence agreements in the specified period in each province and (b) additional measures is his department taking to ensure that privately owned water treatment package plants are licensed and compliant for the period under review in each province?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

1. Part 9 of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998 addresses the review and renewal of licenses, and the amendment and substitution of conditions of licenses. Water treatment package plants, either for drinking water treatment or for wastewater treatment, usually have a design capacity range of between 1-2ML/day. This capacity range is small and has a low impact compared to the conventional ...

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2022-w4589 - 15 December 2022

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

Considering that the total surface water available in the Republic averages about 49 200 million m3 annually, of which about 4 800 million m3 annually originates from the Kingdom of Lesotho, a portion of this runoff known as the Ecological Reserve needs to remain in the river in order to maintain the natural environment along the watercourse, (a)(i) what total amount in water bill does the Republic pay to the Kingdom of Lesotho on annual basis and (ii) which areas benefit more from this water agreement, (b)(i) what is the nature of contract between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic regarding water and (ii) by what date will the contract lapse and (c) what is the Republic doing to ease the burden on the Kingdom of Lesotho such that it is self-sufficient on water?,

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

a)(i) The allocated budget for royalties for the period 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022 is R 1 330 million.

(ii) Article 4 of the Treaty describes the purpose as follows: “The Project shall be to enhance the use of water of the Senqu/Orange River by storing, regulating, diverting and controlling the flow of the Senqu/Orange River and its affluents in order to effect the ...

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2022-w4588 - 15 December 2022

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister of Water and Sanitation

With reference to the estimation that, based on current usage trends, water demand will exceed availability of economically usable fresh water resources in the Republic by 2025, and in view of the fact that the continuing trend in industrialisation and urbanisation of the population is expected to place further pressure on the Republic’s sources of water supply unless appropriate corrective action is taken, (a) what is his department currently doing to ease the pressure as alluded to, (b) what are the key specific workable strategies to deal with the envisaged water demand and (c)(i) which areas will be the most affected when it comes to water demand and (ii) why?

Reply from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on 15 Dec 2022

a) The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) undertakes planning studies over different planning horizons, to develop interventions that are implemented to ensure water security for the country. These interventions comprise of enablers like governance, financing, human capacity building as well as science and innovation which facilitate implementation of water projects at National, Provincial and District and Local Municipality level.

b) The interventions implemented to ...

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