Water and Sanitation holds water pricing strategy consultations in the Olifants Catchment Area, 7 to 9 Dec

The Department of Water and Sanitation is currently reviewing the raw water pricing strategy and the norms and standards for tariff settings. The reviewed pricing strategy for water use charges and the norms and standards were published in the government gazette for public comments until 12 February 2016.

As part of the consultation process, the Mpumalanga Regional Office will be engaged in consultation sessions with relevant stakeholders in the Olifants Catchment Area from 7 to 9 December 2015. The consultation sessions for the Upper, Middle and Letaba – Lower Olifants are scheduled as follows:

DATE

VENUE

TIME

7 December 2015

Protea Hotel Highveld, Emalahleni

09h00

8 December 2015

Laduma ODT Hotel, Jane Furse

09h00

9 December 2015

Tzaneen Country Lodge, Tzaneen

09h00

The pricing strategy is a standardised framework that contains the objectives, procedures and methodology followed and applied in the determination of raw water charges and to ensure that tariffs are kept to a minimum by the department. This will assist in sustaining the water value chain.

The revision of the norms and standards for tariff setting seeks to provide a common approach to pricing by all water services providers. The norms and standards are intended to standardise processes for setting tariffs throughout the water value chain and to enable effective evaluation and regulation of tariffs.

The public is called upon and encouraged to make comments on the pricing strategy and the norms and standards documents. The documents can be obtained through gazette notice number: 1154 of 2015 for Pricing Strategy and gazette notice number: 1153 of 2015 for the Norms and Standards, as well as downloaded from the department’s website.

For more information contact:

Sputnik Ratau

Cell: 082 874 2942

For further enquiries:

Themba Khoza

Cell: 082 600 5666

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS