Cape Town has unveiled its latest addition to its water supply infrastructure the Contermanskloof Reservoir. The reservoir has a capacity of 100 megalitres, is worth more than R250 million, and aims to manage the water supply in rapidly evolving regions. This new infrastructure shows the city’s commitment to water security and securing a thriving water future for its citizens.
The recent rainfall has been significant in recharging the dams, but it also poses dangers, particularly for communities in informal settlements. The DWS Western Cape Provincial Head, Ntombizanele BilaMupariwa, reminds us that heavy rains can be hazardous, and community members must take precautions.
As the global population continues to grow and climate change impacts become increasingly apparent, water security has emerged as a pressing issue. Cape Town, in particular, has experienced fluctuations in rainfall patterns, with dams recording 19% lower levels than the previous year. This has raised concerns about the persistence of drought conditions in the longterm.
The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, recently held a media briefing to discuss the cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal and the efforts to address the water crisis in the region. This article provides an overview of the briefing and the actions taken by the Department and the City of Tshwane.
Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, along with Deputy Ministers David Mahlobo and Judith Tshabalala, visited Ladysmith in advance of the Presidential District Development Model (DDM) service delivery outreach programme scheduled for 9th June 2023. The purpose of the visit, which took place on 2nd June, was to evaluate the current state of the district’s water supply and sanitation services.
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a crucial infrastructure project in Africa that has provided significant benefits to both Lesotho and South Africa. The project has brought together the water resources of the highlands of Lesotho with the water needs of the economically powerful Gauteng Province in South Africa.
The Western Cape of South Africa has been grappling with a severe drought for several years. In 2017, the region introduced water restrictions to help manage the scarce water supply. While there has been a slight improvement in the situation in 2020, the region’s water supply remains fragile.