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South Africa will face a water crisis worse than an electricity disaster, MPs say

MPs debated the budget for the Department of Water and Sanitation, which was tabled by Minister Senzo Mchunu.

FILE: Water Minister Senzo Mchunu. Photo: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) have warned that South Africa could have a water “crisis” and not just an energy crisis.

MPs debated the budget for the Department of Water and Sanitation, which was tabled by Minister Senzo Mchunu.

Mchunu announced a number of water projects valued at over R35 billion to provide water to millions of people.

Mchunu tabled its first budget with a total of R111 billion over the next three fiscal years to address the country’s water challenges.

But opposition MPs like economic freedom fighters Mathibe Mohlala have warned that collapsing infrastructure and delayed water supply projects will lead the country into another crisis.

“Without a bold plan to avert this water shortage disaster, the country will face a water crisis worse than the electricity disaster we are currently facing with failing Eskom.”

Democratic Alliance MP Leon Basson said: “We should also note that R100 billion is needed for infrastructure megaprojects with only R4 billion available.”

Mchunu said R19 billion of the budget will go to the regional bulk infrastructure grant which will be spent on 113 different projects across the country.



South Africa will face a water crisis worse than an electricity disaster, MPs say

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