Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 21 May 2010
The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) had created a water commission as it believed that a water crisis was looming in South Africa, it said yesterday.
“We regard this issue as being so crucial that the chamber has created a water commission under the chair of Judith Taylor, to drive an initiative for the establishment of a public-private partnership (PPP),” JCCI chief executive Keith Brebnor said.
Such a partnership was aimed at bringing best practices to waste and potable water management across all areas, as well as investigating and upgrading water management infrastructure as required.
“In the press on May 11, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica affirmed that the state of our water infrastructure, both waste water and potable water, is one of collapse under pressure of unprecedented urban growth, poor maintenance and lack of development,” he said.
Brebnor said the risks from an inadequate response were great and called on President Jacob Zuma, cabinet ministers, political leaders, Business Leadership SA, Business Unity SA, captains of industry, non-governmental organisations and other organisations, and the country’s people to act on “this very real crisis that threatens dire consequences for our country”.