Water Trading Agency on the Cards

Department of Water and Sanitation

The transformation of the Water Trading Entity into a Water Trading Agency is to be expedited.

The water and sanitation minister, Gugile Nkwinti, announced during his department’s budget vote speech in parliament.

The minister added that the agency will be located in the Financial Management Services Branch.

The setting up of Catchment Management Agencies in the remaining 7 Regions and the enforcement of the polluter pays principle are on the agenda.

The department will also consult with national treasury and the cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA) “to address the perennial problem of billions of municipal grant funds that are either unspent or irregularly spent, for which the DWS must account.”

The minister also asserted that the department will work closer with COGTA to ensure that reticulation services are provided to bulk water projects completed in municipalities without such services.

A National Water Resources and Services Advisory Council will also be set up focused on Planning, Finance, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Project Management.

The department will also approach cabinet for “condonation of accruals that remain after every measure has been taken to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate them.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office