SADC annual meeting confronts water issues

Water ministers from the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) region on Friday held their annual meeting.This is in a bid to address water challenges and find innovative ways to ensure the preservation of the precious resource.

The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) was established in 2000 to manage the trans-boundary water resources of the Orange-Senqu River basin from Lesotho and its neighbouring countries.

Water is a scarce commodity. Sub-Saharan Africa has been feeling the effects of climate change.

With Namibia being one of the hardest hit South Africa and Botswana have also seen their taps run dry.

Botswana Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Prince Maele says, “In Botswana, we have a serious problem of water therefore we cannot do it alone. We need other people who can help because Botswana is almost a desert we don’t have enough water.”

Namibia Minister of Agriculture, Water & Forestry John Mutorwa says the commodity has brought us together to deliberate not only on its importance but on collective responsibility in terms of managing it collectively but also utilize it for life.
A commission has been set up to find solutions it is hoped 14 million people will get help.
Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says it is about sharing.

Lesotho has not been affected by the drought.

However, since it’s been supplying its neighbours with water it’s now also feeling the strain.
Lesotho Minister of Water Kimetso Mathaba says, “We are affected with the shortage of water because of the drought which is taking place all over but luckily on our side, we are on top at the source of the water.”
In South Africa, water restrictions had to be implemented in an effort to save water.
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