New Vaal Central Water Board Tackles Critical Service Challenges

  • Vaal Central Water Board welcomes a diverse and experienced 12-member board, signaling a fresh start for the entity formerly known as Bloem Water.
  • Minister Senzo Mchunu urges the new board to swiftly address water service challenges in the Northern Cape and Free State, emphasizing the importance of expanding access to unserved areas and balancing water supply.
  • The reconfigured Vaal Central Water Board is poised to make significant improvements in water service delivery under new leadership, reflecting its commitment to enhancing water infrastructure for the benefit of the region's residents.
New Vaal Central Water Board Tackles Critical Service Challenges

In a significant development aimed at addressing water service challenges in South Africa’s Northern Cape and Free State provinces, the Vaal Central Water Board has welcomed its newly appointed Board of Directors. The 12-member board, officially taking charge on October 1, 2023, represents a diverse blend of individuals with extensive experience from both the public and private sectors. The reshaped board follows a meticulous selection process led by Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, and signals a new era for the entity formerly known as Bloem Water.

The transformation of the Vaal Central Water Board, formerly known as Bloem Water, into a dynamic and responsive institution, marks a significant step in bolstering water service provision in the region. The entity’s management expressed their excitement about the new board, highlighting the importance of their varied backgrounds, insights, and expertise in achieving the board’s vision. Furthermore, the board’s composition ensures alignment with the entity’s values and goals while also catering to the unique needs of both the Northern Cape and the Free State provinces.

The board includes highly esteemed members, each poised to contribute their skills and knowledge to address critical water service challenges in the region. The newly appointed members are as follows:

  • Makhosini Solomon Msibi (Chairperson)
  • Lungile Right Bomela (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Luvuyo Xola Ntoyi
  • Elizabeth Cornelia Rockman
  • Ntikila Sandlana
  • Andrew Modisaotsile Rantho
  • Desmond Solomon Ezekiel Fransman
  • Matshego Gail Mercy Jele
  • Boipelo Felicity Nakedi
  • Advocate Tshepiso Doreen Segoe-Backward
  • Thabo Moses Manyoni
  • Gugulethu Wendy Phakathi

Remarkably, this board also retains continuity by including four members who served on the previous board. This commitment to institutional memory underlines the entity’s dedication to the region’s water challenges.

A watershed moment for the Vaal Central Water Board occurred earlier this year when, on July 14, 2023, the Minister officially renamed it “Vaal Central Water Board” from its previous moniker, “Bloem Water.” This rebranding reflects the board’s renewed purpose and commitment to enhancing water service delivery.

Swift Plans to Address Water Service Challenges

In his call to action, Minister Senzo Mchunu urged the newly appointed board to swiftly address water service challenges that have long plagued the Northern Cape and the Free State. These challenges include providing water services to previously unserved areas and ensuring a more balanced distribution of water resources.

Minister Mchunu recently presided over the handover process from the outgoing to the incoming board, ensuring a seamless transition. He also provided the new board with a comprehensive understanding of their roles, responsibilities, and functions within the reconfigured entity. His aim is to enable the board to hit the ground running and execute its mission effectively.

“The reconfiguration of Water Boards is designed to ensure that water boards increase access to unserviced areas, enhance market capitalization for infrastructure projects, and reduce skewed water supply,” Minister Mchunu emphasized.

The Minister also commended the outgoing board members for their role in facilitating the smooth transition from Bloem Water and warmly welcomed the incoming board. The collective efforts of both boards hold the promise of significant improvements in water service delivery for the region.

As the Vaal Central Water Board embarks on this transformative journey under new leadership, it is poised to address the critical water service challenges that have long affected the Northern Cape and the Free State. With a diverse and experienced board at the helm, the entity is well-positioned to meet its mission of ensuring clean, accessible water for all residents in the region. This change reflects a commitment to improving the lives of the people it serves and strengthening water infrastructure for future generations.

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