By Hilary Mare
A five-member regulatory body that will set water prices and tariffs is being established, the Minister of Water, Agriculture and Forestry John Mutorwa has said.
Making this announcement, the minister further urged Namibians to apply for these positions, especially if they have the related experience and expertise in water service delivery that includes costing, calculating prices or setting tariffs and the assessment of the operational efficiency of service providers.
“A notice would be published in the local newspapers shortly, calling for suitably qualified Namibians to apply to serve on the regulatory body,” he said.
These interventions also come in the wake of revelations that the current water deficit which has plunged the Central Areas of Namibia (CAN) into a water crisis will persist for the next eight to 10 years with possible extensions in the event of another drought.
“Those doing business with water are in serious trouble. It may take up to six to eight years for us to have normal supply again owing to various factors on the implementation of reforms side. Essentially, normal water supply for the next two rainy season cannot be achieved and water supply will be reduced by at least 40 percent come next January that is how serious the situation is at the moment,” Willem Venter, senior manager for fixed assets management at Namwater said. To further tighten the screws, Mutorwa last week announced appointments in an 11-member Water Advisory Council (WAC).
The appointed were Meatco’s senior manager: stakeholder relations Lapithomhinda Hashingola was appointed as a member to represent the commercial sector while other members are Alfons Mosimane (academia); Gernot Egger (agricultural sector); Katrina Shimbuli and Muesee Kazapua (association of local authorities); Betty Muyatwa (basin management committees), Onni Ithete (water service providers), and Penina Inga Ita and Raphael Mokaleng (both nominated by the Association of Regional Councils in Namibia).
The chairperson of the council as well as members representing the mining and engineering industry will be announced during the council’s first meeting, scheduled for this week. The members will hold office for a period five years, with the possibility of reappointment upon the expiration of their term. Apart from advising the minister on water resources management and policy development, the members will also advise him on any matter about water raised by a Basin Management Committee on which the council considers it wise to provide advice.
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