THE 6% increment of the cross border water flow from the Crocodile- and Komati River to Mozambique will not negatively affect the residents of Nkomazi and other areas in Mpumalanga.
This is according to the South Africa’s commissioner for the transboundary water co-operation, Gideon Siziba.
He was commenting after the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced that it would increase the water flow to 2600 litres a second at the Ressano Garcia gauging station in the neighbouring country as from Tuesday, 1 October.
“Yes there will be an impact, but residents and farmers must not panic as there will be no water interruption. If managed properly they won’t even see that we have increased the water flow,” said Siziba.
He said the changes came into being after the department decided to implement the Interim IncoMaputo Agreement, which was signed in 2002.
During the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development held in 2002, the “Tripartite Interim Agreement for Co-operation on the protection and sustainable utilisation of the Incokomati and Maputo Watercourse” (IIMA) was signed by Mozambique, South Africa and eSwatini and is now being implemented under the auspices of the Tripartite Permanent Technical Committee (TPTC).
The general objective of the IIMA was to promote co-operation among the three countries to ensure the protection and sustainable utilisation of the Incomati and Maputo watercourses, he said.
“DWS is of the view that good relationships between the people and the governments of the parties, good neighbourliness and mutual respect, will contribute to the improvement of co-operation on the protection and utilisation of water resources for the benefit and the welfare of their populations,” Sibiza concluded.