Expert calls for overhaul of Joburg Water

todayMarch 13, 2024 98

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The former Director-General of the Department of Water Affairs, Professor Mike Muller, says Joburg Water needs a thorough overhaul for the water crisis that’s plaguing the city to be solved.

The Professor also believes that the City of Joburg must take responsibility for the crisis as it sets up the independent organisation to reverse the tide.

Prof Muller was reacting to the water issues that have affected several parts of the city, causing residents to experience either no or low-pressure water for close to two weeks now after lightning hit the Eikenhof Pump Station last week.

The former technocrat says while the overhaul of Joburg Water needs to happen soon, it might take longer than hoped due to the current political climate in the country.
He’s described the water issues affecting South Africa’s economic hub as more of a management problem.

Professor Muller believes the city’s water utility is being crippled by disorganisation, and underfunding.


The water crisis comes amid the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services’ (JEMS) calls for Joburg residents to drink sufficient amounts of water to stay hydrated as high temperatures are set to peak this week in various provinces across the country, including Gauteng.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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