After months of instability, Amatola Water finally has a new board.
This announcement was made by cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams in a statement on Friday afternoon.
Late last year, Human Settlements, Water, and Sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu terminated Amatola Water’s interim board with immediate effect.
The new board members include Mncedisi Malotana, Buhle Tonise, Abraham Pieter le Roux, Mosidi Makgae, Zamikhaya Xalisa, Nkosazana NomaXhosa Jongilanga, Gaathier Mahed, Tabiso Wana, Mxolisi Joe Skosana, Makgobi Ramushu and Lebogang Letsoale.
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the newly appointment Board of Amatola Water and called on them to serve and put people of the Eastern Cape first by ensuring that the municipalities the Board serves receive potable bulk water.
The Minister made this call after the Cabinet approved the appointment of the water utility board members for a period of four years starting from 1 March 2021.
“The stability of Amatola Water and all those it serves is in your hands. Water resource management in the face of South Africa’s variable and unpredictable climate and aggravated by climate change is crucial. The socio-economic wellbeing of people of the Eastern Cape including the business community is dependent on a water-secure future. They count on accessible and reliable supply of safe drinking water that sustains health and supports their livelihoods. Serve them with honour and dignity”, said Sisulu.
The Minister also wants to see the Board prioritizing the filling of all the vacancies, particularly the positions of the Chief Executive and senior management. Minister also implored the Board to make sure that strict governance prescripts are adhered to at all times in ensuring the water needs of our communities are met.
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has also welcomed its new board. Economic development, environmental affairs and tourism MEC Mvoko appointed the new board this week.
The board will serve a three-year term.