Gauteng municipalities spend billions on water tankers, leaving less money for service delivery

Issued by Nico De Jager MPL – DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Infrastructure Development
29 Aug 2023 in Press Statements

Gauteng municipalities spent R2 367 014 126,30 over five years on hiring water tankers, funds which could have been used to improve service delivery. This information was revealed in a reply to the Democratic Alliance’s questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mzi Khumalo.

Since 2018, the following amount of money has been spent on renting water tankers:

Rand West R0,00
Mogale City R260 285 713,84
Merafong R9 365 748 ,41
Lesedi Local Municipality R3 732 400,00
Joburg R306 381 951,36
City if Ekurhuleni R135 326 540,44
Tshwane R1 661 287 520,65
Total R2 367 014 126,30

This year, Mogale City stopped renting water tankers and procured their own. The DA demands that MEC Khumalo urgently intervene in this situation and assist municipalities in procuring their own water tankers to save costs.

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, it became evident that having access to clean drinking water is essential to prevent the spread of Covid and other water-borne diseases.

Through all the mechanisms in place, we will apply pressure on the MEC to assist municipalities in formulating a plan that ensures that more money is made available for procuring resources for basic service delivery instead of outsourcing.