FS water concerns minister

Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu.

The inability to deliver services as cardinal as water and sanitation has been the focus of Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu’s, meetings with Free State government.

“The inability to deliver services as cardinal as water and sanitation, is an infringement of human rights, an injustice that can no longer be justified for no particular reason 28 years after the dawn of democratic South Africa”. These are the words of Mchunu, following his meeting with provincial government officials, OFM News reports.

According to a statement issued by Free State government, Mchunu’s visit forms part of broader ongoing programme to accelerate the provision of water and sanitation, strengthen relations between ministry, provincial government, municipalities and communities.

Mchunu raised concerns over the state of infrastructure maintenance, poor water management and municipalities’ failure to pay debts. He said that on average, 40% of water across Free State municipalities is lost due to lack of maintenance resulting in leakages. Meanwhile,

OFM News previously reported that the cash-strapped Mangaung Metro Municipality’s newly appointed Acting City Manager met with the board of BloemWater in an effort to avert a water crisis.

OFM News/Kekeletso Mosebetsi