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Minister Mokonyane speaks about water shortages, sanitation and acid drainage

Water shortages through drought and climate change, along with massive urbanisation is putting strain on water supplies.

Yesterday Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation delivered her Budget Vote. This morning she talks to 702's John Robbie about these key issues.

We can make a difference with what we have.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation

The dams are low. Can we build more dams?

Mokonyane says they will be rolling out seven more dams over the next five years, but will also be upgrading the existing dams that were built over the past twenty years.

We are beginning to regularise the use of water, so that we no longer have single purpose dams.

Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation

Single purpose dams are dams that have been built to service only agriculture or mines for example, and not villages in the area. Now water will be diverted to villages and other areas that need it.

She says they are now encouraging the recycling of water for sanitation purposes.

The minister says they are dealing with issues like the sewage is seeping into the Vaal Dam, by putting in place norms and standards and better regulations for the municipalities to rehabilitate their water and sanitation systems.

She says they will soon be making a big announcement regarding acid mine drainage.

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