South Africa has committed to work with all international agencies and governments to ensure water security.
The commitment was made during the opening of the 6th International Hydrology Programme (IHP) Africa National Committees Meeting in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.
Deputy director general: planning and information of the Water and Sanitation Department, Deborah Mochotlhi, said her department was “mindful of the global issues in relation to water challenges” caused by the effects of climate change. South Africa in particular is still grappling with and recovering from the devastating drought effects.
“In recent months, the Western Cape province has been severely affected by these natural effects and subsequently the province was declared a disaster area due to serious water challenges.
“The Eastern Cape province has also not been spared, with Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Mnquma Municipalities being hard hit by serious water challenges,” she said.
And it’s not just the agricultural sector that is hard hit. The manufacturing sector is one of the country’s largest consumers of water used in a number of industrial processes.