A South African delegation, including the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu is currently in Stockholm, Sweden, attending the annual World Water Week conference, along with about 3 000 other attendees from an estimated 100 countries.
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JOHANNESBURG – Leading civil engineers have warned that a water crisis does not strike like an electricity blackout, but creeps up on a country, slowly spreading like a cancer.
Engineering consulting firm Gibb hosted a roundtable this morning about the threat of water shedding in South Africa, exploring both the problems and the solutions.
The country’s water problems have been compounded by a drought in some regions, poor maintenance of infrastructure and natural low levels of the precious resource.
Civil engineer Wiero Vogelzang has four decades of experience and says water shedding is a reality South Africa will have to face.
“It creeps up on you, it’s like a cancer, and then you know it’s too late.”
He says political will is required to increase budgets and to head off the problems, such as massive wastage of water through badly maintained infrastructure.
Vogelzang says massive amounts of water are being lost around the country and people must urgently realise the value of every drop.
He says bigger budgets and new partnerships are required.
Vogelzang says, “Water shedding is a reality that we’re going to have to accept at some stage. The level of it is going to be different in different areas.”
He says population growth is another factor, as is the political will to address the situation.
(Edited by Neo Koza)
Johannesburg residents to pay more
08 Jun, 2015 by CNBC Africa in NEWS
Everything from property tax to water, electricity to refuse removal. Jozi residents best brace themselves for a surge in charges.
Property rates will go up by 6%; refuse collection will surge by 8 per cent; electricity will swell by 12.19 per cent; and water and sewerage will rise by 14 per cent.
This was announced by City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance‚ Geoffrey Makhubo, on Tuesday during the City’s 2015-2016 Budget.
Detailing the tariffs, Makhubo said the property rates tariff increases of 6% are within the South African Reserve Bank inflation target range.
For the refuse removal services, which will increase by 8 per cent for domestic, businesses and commercial customers, Makhobo said they were also cost-reflective to ensure adequate funding of Pikitup’s operations.
While the proposed average tariff increase for electricity of 12.19 per cent is in line with the NERSA/Eskom proposed tariff increase.
“The message we want to convey to our residents is: the less electricity consumers use, the less they pay,” Makhubo said, committing to the roll out of prepaid and smart meters that will not only protect the City’s revenue streams but will also mitigate the impact of load shedding through the load limiting capabilities of the smart meters.
The roll out has however been met by resistance from residents in some parts of Soweto, such as Orlando and Protea who have taken to the streets in protest in recent weeks.
Makhubo however maintained that: “We want to emphasise the fact that water and electricity tariffs are largely ‘pass-through costs’, outside the control of the City as they are determined by external agencies”.
He said the municipality was aware that that there are many residents of Johannesburg who are concerned about the tariffs for electricity and water.
“We want to assure them that we empathise with their situation and share their concerns.
“At the same time we want to create greater awareness of the fact that consumers themselves can take steps within their own households to reduce their monthly bills.”
The City will also continue to work with customers on the most effective ways to manage their consumption of water and electricity to reduce their household costs.
Information on practical measures to lower consumption is already widely available from City Power, Joburg Water and Eskom, he said.
There are, however, a number of special stipulations within the City’s property rates policy which pertain to specific categories of property owners.
- The first R200 000 of the value of all residential property is exempted from rating.
- Pensioners with a gross monthly income of less than R7 850 get 100 per cent rebates on property rates, while those with income higher than R7 850, but less than R13 457, qualify for a 50% rebate.
- Pensioners older than 70 years who own a house worth R2-million or less receive a 100% rebate on property rates.
- Child-headed households with property value not exceeding R2-million receive 100% rebate on property rates.
- All households within the City receive 6kl free water every month.
- A subsidised water tariff structure is in place for those on prepaid meters.
- A subsidised sanitation and sewerage tariff structure is applicable for those on prepaid meters.
- Residential properties valued at less than R200 000 receive free refuse removal service.
Minister looks into revolutionary toilet-flushing solution
Thursday 21 May 2015 EWN
CAPE TOWN – Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says her department is looking at new technology to eliminate the use of clean drinking water to flush toilets.
Mokonyane says this drive towards introducing low-water and no-water solutions will open opportunities for the private sector to get involved.
She was speaking ahead of her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament today
A year after her department was established, Mokonyane is talking about a revolution.
“It’s not all about flushing; a decent sanitation solution does not mean a flushing water-born solution. This is a sanitation revolution we want to lead.”
Department Director General Margaret-Ann Diedricks says a low-water solution includes reducing the size of toilet cisterns to cut down on water wastage during flushing.
“I think there are enough clever people that are coming out of our institutions of higher learning that are able to think out of the box.”
On the other hand, dry sanitation uses alternative methods to dispose of human waste.
Mokonyane says dry sanitation solutions must become the reality in both low and high-income households going forward.
She has also provided an update on her department’s progress towards eradicating the bucket system.
In 2014/2015 alone, she says 20,560 bucket toilets were replaced.
Mokonyane says the remaining bucket toilets in townships will be replaced by the end of December 2015 at a cost of R975 million.
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Deputy Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal, Michael Singh, says water conservation is a more cost-effective way of dealing with the water problem. (SABC)
Water experts have warned that South Africa may be facing sharp price increases and interrupted supplies in the next 10 years – similar to the current electricity crisis.
Deputy Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal – Michael Singh told a gathering of Durban industry representatives that water conservation is a more cost-effective way of dealing with the problem than building new dams and desalinating sea water.
Michael Singh says, “Water that we need within our systems is way past due. We’ve been getting away with this for the last 3, 4 years because of very good rainfall. This year we don’t have such grand rainfall and already we are facing massive restrictions. Many of the dams have gone on to 30, 40% fortunately many of them have started to recover.”
Joburg suburbs can expect 2-day water disruption
Apr 15 2015 20:01
Cape Town – Several Johannesburg suburbs will have its water supply cut or disrupted for two days later this month, Johannesburg Water (JW) has warned.
The planned water disruption will affect Parktown, Houghton, Melrose and surrounding areas from 07:00 on April 21 till the April 23 at 07:00. This is for the utility to perform infrastructure upgrades.
JW spokesperson, Eleanor Mavimbela, told Fin24 that the supplier was being cautious in warning customers in case there is a complete disruption.
“There will still be water supplied into the system, but it might be at a reduced rate or no water supply experienced in some of the affected areas on both days,” she said.
Other suburbs that will be affected include: Waverly, Perceli, Highlands North, Fairmount, Talboton, Raedene Estate, Hawkons Estate, Oaklands, The Gardens, Cheltondale, Orchards, Maryvale, Victoria, Norwood, Orange Grove, Houghton Estates, Fellside. Rosebank, Melrose & Melrose Estate, Dunkeld, Parkwood, Parktown North, Saxonwold, Riviera, Houghton Estates.
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Johanesburg Water reminded residents that Level-2 water restrictions are still in place and must be adhered to.
Level-2 water restrictions, according to section 44 (3) of the Water Services Bylaw, states that all consumers are compelled not to water and irrigate their gardens from 6am to 6pm every day, not to fill their swimming pools with municipal water and not to use hosepipes to wash their cars or paved areas.
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South Africa is experiencing a dry season due to the past season not being as rainy as hoped. (SABC)
Department of Water Affairs Spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau says South Africa is experiencing a water shortage due to the past rainy season not being as rainy as it was expected to be.
Ratau continues to mention that South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries in the world and as a country it is important to know that every drop of water wasted is a drop less of water the country will have at the end.
Department of Water Affairs is encouraging South Africans to use water sparingly. It says every effort that can be used at every level by everyone will help the country save water.
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Joburg residents’ electricity and water rates are going up, member of the mayoral committee responsible for finance, Geoffrey Makhubo, announced during his budget speech on Tuesday. File picture: Antoine de Ras
Johannesburg – Joburg residents face an increase in their municipal bills of 10.23 percent – probably more if they consume more water and electricity.
This is more than double the inflation rate which, last month, stood at 4.5 percent.
Announcing a R52.6 billion 2015/16 budget on Tuesday morning, City of Joburg member of the mayoral committee responsible for finance, Geoffrey Makhubo, warned consumers to take steps to reduce their bills.
He said information on practical measures to lower consumption was available from City Power, Joburg Water and Eskom, and the city would continue to communicate with households and businesses on the most effective ways of managing their consumption to reduce household costs.
Electricity goes up by an average of 12.19 percent and water by 14 percent, but this could go up to 17 percent on the highest level of the stepped tariffs if more is used.
The city, he said, empathised with residents over the increases.
“Water and electricity tariffs are largely ‘pass through’ costs, outside the control of the city and determined by external agencies. These increases, together with the expected rise in petrol price and food inflation, will further erode households’ disposable incomes and put pressure on the ability of customers to pay for services, but the message is: The less you use, the less you pay,” he said.
Makhubo said the setting of the water, sewage and sanitation tariff was also determined by the need to ensure the conservation of this scarce natural resource.
It also represents cost-reflective tariffs, including the cost of maintenance and renewal of purification plants, water networks and the costs associated with reticulation expansion.
Waste removal goes up by 8 percent and property rates by 6 percent.
The theme of the budget speech carried forward mayor Parks Tau’s state of the city address which is “Tomorrow will be better than today.”
“We have reached an important stage in the development of post-apartheid Joburg where concerted efforts of planning, stakeholder mobilisation and resourcing have culminated in an implementation phase,” Makhubo said.
“The community-based planning approach we introduced in 2013 in Region E (Orange Grove/Alexandra) has not been rolled out to all regions, but it has given us an opportunity to reach many communities and appreciate the diverse needs of all our communities.
“Yet we share the common collective goals of a liveable, sustainable and resilient city,” he said.
This budget is grounded in the reality of a city growing more confident in its ability to meet the needs of its communities while rolling back the economic and social legacy of its apartheid past, he said.
The key priorities for the next financial year are the corridors of freedom, Jozi@work, developing a smart city and the blue and green economies.
Other highlights of the 2015/16 budget
* City Power gets R2 billion for the continued roll-out of prepaid and smart meters, which will protect the revenue system and mitigate load shedding and R200 million for the electrification of information settlements.
* Joburg Water gets R10.2m for water demand management, water loss reticulation, the upgrading of ageing infrastructure and water services infrastructure.
* Pikitup gets R2.32bn for integrated waste management, street sweeping, the removal of illegal dumping, separation at source and cleaning the inner city.
* The Johannesburg Social and Housing Company receives R2m for new building projects in Dobsonville, Kliptown, Golden Highway, Lombardy East, Princes Plots and Turffontein for social and rental housing projects. R6.3bn is budgeted for, among others, providing internet connection in community and recreation centres and building new ones.
* Social development investment is R233.5m for farming and healthy living projects and the construction of social development one-stop centres.
* Emergency management services gets R210m for a new, state-of-the-art analytics centre for crime prevention and control and for new fire stations in Cosmo City and Protea Glen.
* The Johannesburg Roads Agency receives R943m for the resurfacing and upgrading of roads and closing open stormwater channels.