After the recent visit to the Waterberg district, in Limpopo, President Cyril Ramaphosa was left pondering about the state of South Africa’s water supply.
The facts about South Africa’s water supply
The president was in Limpopo to launch the third District Development Model, a practical action plan to address service delivery issues.
In engaging with the residents, Ramaphosa realised that access to water was still a problem in many parts of South Africa. This, he said in his statement, was not due to any lack — on the government’s part — of effort to supply water.
“South Africa is a severely water stressed country. We do not have mighty rivers that flow all season like in other parts of Africa and the world,” he said.
Ramaphosa noted that according to research, South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world. On one end, this has a lot to do with rapid climate change; and on the other, an unstable water infrastructure.