A national water affairs department statement has made clear that a R50 million (€2.6 mln) drought intervention package will be spent on water tanks and tanker-trucks for the most vulnerable municipalities in the Eastern Cape. This includes Nelson Mandela Bay.
According to department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau, the move followed an urgent meeting between water affairs minister Lindiwe Sisulu and officials from the municipalities affected by the continuing drought across the province.
“The minister has given the go-ahead for a R50 million intervention over the next two months across the affected districts. These include Nelson Mandela Bay, Beyers Naude, Sarah Baartman, Ndlambe and Butterworth. The assistance will take the form of static rain tanks and motorised tankers. The hope is it will help bridge the gap at least until the first summer rains in November.”
Ratau added that the aim was that the municipalities would take ownership of the tanks and tankers after the intervention period and continue to use them responsibly to manage their water-supply challenges.
According to the latest figures from the Bay metro, the average level of its four main supply dams on Monday was 18.74%. Acting mayor Thsonono Buyeye said the city would be assessing the areas worst hit by poor water supply in the Bay and would be looking to install the new water tanks there.