The President announced the relaunch of the Green Drop Certification programme in his State of the Nation Address, and Mafube Business Forum (MBF) are pleased that there has been delivered on this commitment.
In his foreword on the Green Drop National Report which was made public on 30 March, the minister for Water and Sanitation, Mr Senzo Mchunu, stated that the programme is recognised as a flagship project - an incentive-based regulation programme with the power to mobilise the wastewater sector on a path to improvement. “Wastewater management and sanitation are paramount to the dignity of our people and integrity of the environment and it is therefore important that we strive for excellence in these fields.”
“It remains unacceptable that sewage spillages and failing wastewater treatment works are detrimentally impacting our environment as well as the livelihood and health of many of our communities on a daily basis in the year 2022. It is of great concern that there are so many systems with scores below 31%, indicating a dismal state of wastewater management, posing a risk to both environment and public health.”
“I need to make it clear that action will be taken against those municipalities that flagrantly put the lives of our people and environment at risk.”
Minister Mchunu made the call to political, public and private leadership to declare their commitment to use the report as the turning point towards sustainable improvement, “because everyone can make a difference within their sphere of influence.”
Minister Mchunu undertakes to engage the Minister of Cooperative Governance to ensure that as National Government,drastic intervention measures are taken towards the improvement of water services. The report will be used as the baseline for the Water Services Improvement Programme (10-point plan) to measure the sustainable turn-around which is required. The Green Drop Report (which is available on request from MBF), proves that scores achieved by some leading municipalities indicate that excellence in the field of wastewater management is a realistic possibility, and will remain the only acceptable performance target for Mafube Local Municipality. MBF hope that local businesses and residents will be permitted to assist the municipality as envisaged by the minister.
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