The water crisis that South Africa is facing is evident with poor infrastructure, mismanagement of funds and low rainfall patterns.
Eyewitness News investigated how government won’t be able to provide water for the country by 2030 ― if nothing is done to fix the crisis.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said water infrastructure was strained because it was initially built for smaller, minority populations.
DWS spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau explained that the infrastructure that is currently operating is “actually operating at full capacity.”
“It operates in order to benefit a lot more people than what it was supposed to.”
At the same time, DWS has conceded that it needed to take responsibility to fix the water crisis facing the country.
The department’s 2018 master plan said if nothing was done, there would not be enough water for all South African by the year 2030.
The crisis was demonstrated in Makhanda over the past 18 months, with day zero becoming a reality more than once and the town still facing water restrictions.
Dhesigen Naidoo from the Water Research Council said drought wasn’t new to South Africa.
“South Africa’s water resources in 2019 is not too much different from what it has been for the last 10,000 or so years.”