Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the master plan aimed at addressing the country’s water crisis would include restructuring of her department and addressing financial mismanagement.
She was speaking at the official launch of the national water and sanitation master plan.
The plan outline government’s short, medium, and long-term strategy to secure water security in the country.
The national water and sanitation master plan was approved by Cabinet last year and it highlights priority action required to address the challenges facing the country until the year 2030 and beyond.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PLAN
1. To structure the Department to make it fit for purpose, eliminate wastage and any loss due to corruption and mismanagement of resources.
2. To address the water and sanitation goals of the country as envisioned in the National Development Plan (NDP), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States – in particular SDG6: – as well as the African Union Agenda 2063.
3. To support and give the President’s Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan (ESRP) and give priority to the ‘Five broad parts’.
4. To give effect to initiatives and programmes announced in the State of the Nation Address 2019 (SONA), specifically, the Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI).
According to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa can avoid a projected 17% water deficit by 2030 by implementing the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan.