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Have your say: City’s water services & waste management plans

The City of Cape Town is asking for public comment on its draft Water Services and Waste Management Sector Plans.

All stakeholders are invited to provide input for the critical sector plans which are a component of the City’s Integrated Development Plan. This IDP guides and informs planning and development in the Cape Town Metro over the next five years.

The Water Services and Waste Management Sector Plan is a legislative requirement and needs to be reported to the National Department of Water and Sanitation as per the Water Services Act.

Deadline for submissions: 26 November 2021

Key elements of the Plan include:

  • Sustained focus on implementing the New Water Programme, which aims to provide an additional 300 million litres of water per day through desalination, water reuse and ground water, to help navigate future drought shocks.
  • Significant investment into reticulation infrastructure as part of the measures to address pollution of inland water bodies. This includes an accelerated water and sewer pipe replacement programme over eight years as well as refurbishing pump stations, with a focus on the top 20 strategic facilities, to help reduce sewer spills.
  • Ongoing upgrades and extensions of wastewater treatment works to cater for growth and development, and ensuring treated effluent is compliant with licence requirements.
  • Enhancing basic water and sanitation services in informal settlements, wherever legally and technically permitted.
  • Improving the planning and implementation of asset management across all branches.
  • Support for innovation and use of smart and cutting edge technology, in both infrastructure upgrades and billing/metering systems.

The draft Integrated Waste Management Plan 2022 – 2027

In terms of the National Environmental Management Waste Act, Act 59 of 2008, a municipality is required to develop an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) as part of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) process.

The draft IWMP aligns with the National Waste Management Strategy 2020 and provides key action plans for waste diversion, managing waste as a resource and the integration of waste pickers into the municipal system. It also includes waste awareness drives promoting a culture of compliance with a zero-tolerance toward littering and illegal dumping.

This draft IWMP supports the Provincial Second Generation IWMP’s objectives, namely:

  • Strengthened education, capacity and advocacy towards Integrated Waste Management,
  • Improved integrated waste management planning,
  • Implementation for efficient waste services and infrastructure, and
  • Effective and efficient use of resources and improved compliance with environmental regulatory framework.

The draft IWMP also defines the current status of waste services provided by the City, identifies gaps, challenges and socio-economic trends used by the city to plan for the provision of waste services and to allocate resources where they are mostly required.

The draft IWMP aligns with the City’s intent to provide all residents with access to basic services, in providing or enhancing waste management services to informal settlements and backyarders.

Service strategies and plans in the draft IWMP are furthermore informed by recorded trends in formal and informal settlement growth, spatial planning, management information, operational data, statistical analyses, resource efficiency, reduction in carbon footprint, reduction in transportation costs, trends, demand assessments as well as strategic and resilience considerations.

To submit your feedback on water and waste plans

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 26 November 2021.

Submit comments, input or recommendations on these plans to:

Postal delivery: Service Integration Office, Water & Waste Services Directorate, 9th Floor, 2-Bay, Tower Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001 for attention David Paulse

Hand delivery: At your nearest Subcouncil Office

To request help to submit your comments, please contact the Public Participation Unit:

View the draft plans on www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay and an executive summary of the sector plans at Subcouncil Offices and City libraries.

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith is a Content Specialist for ESI Africa.