The Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation confirms that the Committee has called a multisectoral meeting to deal with the Western Cape water crisis. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 06 February 2018.
This meeting is a continuation of engagements between the Committee and key stakeholders within the water sector. Expected at the meeting will be the national Department of Water and Sanitation, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as the Western Cape Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning together with the City of Cape Town. The aim is to align responses to the water crisis.
The political principals of the departments will be invited and are expected to attend the meeting.
The Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Mlungisi Johnson, met with MEC Mr Anton Bredell and the City of Cape Town in September 2017, as a precursor to an extended meeting on 25 October 2017. At the October meeting, the Committee emphasised the need for cooperation between stakeholders, as envisioned in the intergovernmental relations framework.
Furthermore, the Committee called for government to release about R500 million for funding needed to bring online various sources to augment the water needed by the province. The meeting next week is to assess the progress and impact in the implementation of interventions cited during the meeting with the Committee, Mr Johnson emphasised.
The Committee's preoccupation is ensuring that solutions to the current challenges are found.
Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa