The South Africa Government has come a long way since 1994 to ensure accessibility of
running water to all citizens. We have worked tirelessly to make water a constitutional
right for everybody. Against this background, I call on all South Africans to pay for
all services rendered, including water, to ensure efficient service delivery and
sustainability. South Africa is a semi-arid country, which means that we don’t have
enough water to sustain our livelihoods and the economy. It is therefore important
that we pay for the water that we use in order for the Government to be able to employ
labour that lays pipes for reticulation and to hire skilled people such as engineers
and technicians to purify this precious resource.
Unless we work together to thwart the above stated challenges, South Africa will
forever be vulnerable to threats of fresh water resources due to population growth,
food insecurity, urbanization, industrialization, pollution of water, poor management
structures and the lack of necessary scientific and technical expertise that is so
crucial to the sustainability of water.
Remember to report the misuse of our water and other faults to the nearest municipal
offices or call the Department’s toll free number at 0800 200 200.