WATER & ENVIRONMENT
Within this portfolio, we are challenging the department of Water and Sanitation, as well as regional authorities that threaten South Africa’s water security and quality.
LESOTHO HIGHLAND WATER PROJECT
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project which started in 2004 and scheduled for completion in 2019 has been delayed numerous times and extended to 2025. The project aimed at long-term provision of water into the Vaal river system – Gauteng’s primary source of water – was halted several times due to direct interference into the tender process by the former Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane. OUTA has learned that the project meant to cost SA tax payers R15,5 billion is now being tabled at R26billion.
CAPE TOWN DROUGHT LEVY
OUTA is fully aware of the dire situation that the city and surrounding areas of Cape Town finds itself, in dealing with the water shortage crisis. By no means is OUTA’s involvement in the City of Cape Town’s plans to apply a Drought Charge, intended to obstruct the need to address the water crisis and as such, we implore all urgent and legal mechanisms are ventilated to ensure the city does not run dry.
DEPT. OF WATER AND SANITATION
Water is a resource not only protected by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, but the management of this life-giving, scarce resource is also regulated by our Constitution.