JOHANNESBURG - South African minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, on Tuesday urged the business community to invest in the country's water security in a bid to prevent the collapse of one of the sectors on which the economy rests.
Speaking at the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit 2017 in Johannesburg, Mokonyane said the conversation aims to shift the water and sanitation sector investment landscape to a space that is open and enabling for investment and inclusive growth opportunities.
Mokonyane said that investment in the water sector would also mean the emergence of new players, specifically blacks, women and the youth.
"We are seeking a new partnership with the business and investment sector to ensure water security in South Africa in a manner that firstly ensures access to safe water and sanitation universally and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals," Mokonyane said.
"Radical socio-economic transformation entails, among others, the introduction of new models and mechanism of working relationships that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of service to the people. This means that we have to look at new ways for an integrated water resource management.