Water crisis: It’s serious, but how worried should we really be?

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Water crisis: It’s serious, but how worried should we really be?

FREE TO READ | Minister’s mixed messages include that they have a plan but they aren’t ready to reveal it just yet

Graeme Hosken and Nomahlubi Jordaan

There is no need to panic, but there is not enough water. The situation is serious, but the situation is under control. We have a master plan, but we cannot tell you what it is. There will be money, but we are short.

That was the mixed bag of messages from water and sanitation affairs minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday as she attempted to allay public fears by saying that while the country was running out of water, the government was on top of the situation.

At a media briefing in Johannesburg, Sisulu, flanked by Rand Water and Water Research Commission executives, said the government had a master plan to address the country’s growing water crisis, but that it would only be revealed in November once several issues around it had been ironed out...

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