The Department’s values of transparency, integrity, professionalism and objectivity were displayed by MEC Sihle Zikalala when he appeared before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Durban on Tuesday, 16 August.
The Commission is currently conducting an inquiry on access to water in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.
During his appearance before the Commission, MEC Zikalala, accompanied by senior departmental officials made a substantive presentation on the state of water provision within the Province.
“Currently, access to water in the Province stands just under 80%. There are an estimated 425 000 families that still do not have access to water according to a 2020 study by the Department on access to water” said MEC Zikalala.
MEC Zikalala apprised members of the Human Rights Commission of the state of access to water in the Province.
In addition to painting the picture of Household Water Access in KwaZulu-Natal per District, he further alluded to the Provincial Water Master Plan which identifies short, medium and long-term interventions to ensure water security in KwaZulu-Natal for domestic consumption, agriculture and other economic activities.
The MEC’s presentation paved a way for meaningful and robust engagements with the commissioners present during the inquiry where the MEC further unpacked the province’s Water Master Plan.