Nomvula Mokonyane appointed Water Minister
President Jacob Zuma appointed Nomvula Mokonyane to his Cabinet on May 24, 2014.
Newly appointed Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says her tenure as minister will be characterised by ensuring rural communities have access to water, upgrading water infrastructure and working with residents to conserve the precious resource.
According to the minister, rural communities will get attention from government.
“Both issues of water and sanitation are a priority because we have to ensure that people in the rural areas have access to water including in the areas where you find that there is economic development and water goes across those villages, we have to deal with that. We also have to look at issues of preservation and recycling. We must we use water sparingly and, most importantly, in an effective manner.”
Old bulk water infrastructure was another aspect that required attention, especially in informal settlements. She said her department will work closely with the Department of Human Settlements in this regard.