DPSA Water And Sanitation
DPSA Water And Sanitation. The Department of Water and Sanitation is one of the departments of the South African government. The people’s access to sanitation keeps on improving, to the point that in 1994 only 51% of the population had access to it, whereas in 2012 the percentage was up to an 83.4%. But the issue still lies, with rivers being polluted from agricultural run-offs and such. 0.4% of urban areas still do not have access to drinking water, as do 18.6% of rural areas.
South Africa is democratic, non- racial, non- racist, and they have a united society based on justice, equality, and the human rights of all.
In May 2009, following the election of Jacob Zuma, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry was divided, with the forestry responsibility being transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 95% of South African population has access to clean and clear drinking water.
The number of houses that now have clean water has gone up from 11.3 million to 11.6 million. The Department of Water and Sanitation was established in May 2014 by President Jacob Zuma with former Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane becoming the first Minister. 70% of the world is water, but only 2.5 percent of this is fresh water- from this 2.5 percent only one is possible to use.
The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of South Africa’s water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector.
While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and dignified sanitation, the department also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.
Our vision is to be:
a dynamic, people centred department, leading the effective management of the nation’s water resources, to meet the needs of current and future generations.
As the sector leader, our mission is to serve the people of South Africa by:
- making a positive impact on our country and its people as custodians of our water and sanitation resources, and as innovative and committed partners in the drive for sustainable development;
- being service and delivery oriented. We strive to get it right the first time, every time, on time – ensuring that our citizens are provided with water and sanitation services they deserve;
- leading our sector and enable partners with knowledge and capacity to ensure that all water services are delivered;
- being committed to innovation and use cutting edge technology as a catalyst of positive change, connecting our people and enabling them to work anywhere anytime;
- having a heart that values our investment in our people. We provide them with a caring and trusting environment that encourages personal development and is a breeding ground for talent.
- Transparency – we fulfil our mandate in an ethical and open manner
- Respect – we respect each other, as well as our clients, and the needs of our citizens
- Excellence – we are leaders and innovators in our sector who get it right on time every time
- Everyone – we are a caring employer who through teamwork serves South Africa’s people