Parliament, Friday, 4 November 2022 – The Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy concluded its week-long oversight visit in Mpumalanga by conducting a site inspection at two water treatment plants. It also met there with the Mbombela Local Municipality, Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency and the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation.

The Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation said treatment plants are experiencing challenges that have caused their green drop status to drop. The department alluded to the Emakhazeni Municipality, which has now dropped to yellow status, because process controllers are not registered.

None of the five waste water treatment plants have information pertaining to the performance of their process units and infrastructure capacity. The department told the committee that the treatment plants do not comply with effluent quality standards.

The committee expressed its concern about the contradictory views that came up during the site inspections at the treatment plants. The committee heard that treatment plants in Mbombela have all received their green drop status.

The committee said the oversight was not a fault-finding one, but rather a fact-finding engagement, where members can observe for themselves the status of the rivers and the extent of the pollution and what mechanisms have been put in place to deal with contamination.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LAND REFORM, ENVIRONMENT, MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, MS TEBOGO MODISE.

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