Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu has added pressure on officials to ensure that water is provided to all South Africans, as a matter of urgency, amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, the Department of Water and Sanitation updated South Africans on the progress regarding water provision to various communities. The statement claimed that water tanks and tankers are being moved, per the directive given by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Sisulu has instructed all provinces to pick up the pace in restoring water as a matter of urgency, especially in rural areas and informal settlements. Water, as always, has become increasingly important to citizens in order to uphold stringent hygiene routines amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Sisulu stated, “We have made some strides to provide water to a number of distressed areas. However, the fact that we are yet to reach some of our people is a cause for concern. I have instructed my officials to work around the clock to ensure everyone has water.” Currently, there are a total of 10 994 water tanks and 1 001 water tankers that have been delivered to various communities across the country.
See the full statement below.
🚨Media Statement 🚨
All Provinces and water entities must ensure that all communities, especially rural areas and informal settlements be provided with reliable water as a matter of urgency. pic.twitter.com/7kmCzJmHpo
— Lindiwe Sisulu (@LindiweSisuluSA) April 8, 2020