Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Parks Tau said on Thursday his administration had enough capacity to provide water to the citizens, and attributed the ongoing supply hiccups to an electrical problem .
Tau said the power problem occurred at the water pump station in the south of Johannesburg this week and affected some areas. He called on the communities to reduce the use of water in many ways, especially when tendering their gardens. He said it was estimated that 40% of domestic water was used on gardening in Johannesburg.
“We have built a lot of capacity for water storage… and we are able to supply water to the people of Johannesburg,” said Tau.
“The problem was on the electrical problem in the south. And you cannot blame it on supply. We are addressing it as an electrical problem.”
Speaking at the same gathering, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan said municipalities in some provinces would meet with businesses to discuss measure that could be used to deal with the impact of drought. He said the government would also provide various forms of assistance to affected farmers in drought-stricken provinces.
“If we work together as government, communities and media, we can put contingency measures in place,” said Gordhan.
Asked if South Africa was facing a water crisis, Gordhan said: “We do have a problem but we cannot describe anything as a crisis. A crisis is something that is unmanageable.”