Cape Town – Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has been mandated to urgently convene a special task team to investigate acid water drainage in some provinces.
Briefing the media on Thursday following Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said the task team would develop a clear and co-ordinated strategy to deal with the matter.
Cabinet was concerned about reports of acid water drainage in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and the Free State, he said.
The reports suggest this drainage was a result of mining activities and could result in serious health and economic risks for the provinces and the country.
The task team would include the ministers of mineral resources, environmental affairs, co-operative governance and traditional affairs, minister in the presidency responsible for the planning commission and the relevant MECs from the affected provinces.
“The task team will report back to Cabinet on the way forward,” Maseko said.
This is not a new problem! Government has been aware of this problem for years but have failed to act. As with the electricity problems we are currently faced with, lack of action will have serious consequences later on. Each day that passes is a day that is lost permanently. Task teams are not the answer when urgent action is required.