WATER MINISTER JOINS INTERFAITH SERVICE IN PRAYER FOR RAIN
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane joined provincial officials and community leaders for an interfaith service at the Hazelmere Dam, north of Durban, this week to pray for rain.
Mokonyane and provincial officials visited residents affected by the current drought in the province and who have been put on the water rationing programme.
The purpose of the visit was to raise awareness about the drought as well as issues related to water conservation and water demand management.
Addressing the media, Mokonyane said: “One of the things that we’re looking at is innovation in terms of the creation of storage capacity that can bring water to at least above 50%.”
Deputy Director Operation and Maintenance of ILembe District Municipality, Notha Maphumulo, said that the dam provides water to the eThekwini and Ilembe Municipalities. At the moment it is sitting at 12% useable water.
“To date the dam is sitting at 27% and is being monitored every day, there is current silt of 15% which gives us below 12% of water,” said Maphumulo.
Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said that they are in a process of raising the dam so that it can store more water and not transfer it to the sea like before.
“We are looking at transferring water from Inanda dam and other areas to replenish Hazelmere dam so that the capacity can be able to store more water for us to be able to supply it to communities,” explained Dube-Ncube.