19 Sep 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) will soon appoint a five-member team to deal with issues of regulating water and water pricing.
Speaking at the announcement of the 11-member Water Advisory Council (WAC) on Monday, MAWF Minister John Mutorwa noted that a public notice would be advertised in the local media for interested persons seeking membership of the water regulator team.
Mutorwa said the people selected to serve on the water regulator team will be Namibian citizens who collectively bring skills and experience in water service issues including costing; price calculation or the setting of tariffs; and assessment of the operational efficiency of service providers.
The members must also among others display knowledge of water resource management; water engineering; finance; trade and economy; environmental management; and water conservation, said Motorwa.
The due date for applications is set for 21 October 2016.
Meanwhile, the newly selected members of the WAC are Penina Inga Ita and Raphael Mokaleng (nominated by the association of regional councils in Namibia); Katrina Shimbuli and Muesee Kazapua (association of local authorities); Onni Ithete (water service providers); Betty Muyatwa (basin management committees); Gernot Egger (agricultural sector); Lapitomhinda Hashingola (commercial sector); and Alfons Mosimane (academic institutions).
Members representing the mining and engineering industry will be announced during its first meeting, scheduled to take place 05 October 2016.
The chairperson of the WAC will be announced at the event.
The members will hold office for five years, but may be reappointed on expiry of that term.
The WAC will advise the minister among others on water policy development and review; water resources management; water abstraction and use; any matter about water raised by a basin management committee on which the council considers it advisable to provide advice.
Namibia has over the years made commendable achievements in the water sector where, according to the 2013 Namibia Demographic and Health Survey Report, over 87 per cent of households in Namibia have access to a water supply.
However, only 34 per cent of the population has access to sanitation as indicated by the same survey report.
The problem of poor access to sanitation is particularly acute in rural areas, where only 17 per cent of the population has access to sanitation facilities, with an alarmingly high rate of 46.5 per cent of open defecation. Also equally affected are the informal settlements.