Officials Confront Water Crisis in Hammanskraal Inspection

  • Persistent water supply challenges in Hammanskraal despite upgrades to the Temba Water Treatment Plant.
  • Inspection aims to address issues at Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works impacting Leeukraal Dam, the primary water source.
  • Acknowledgment by Public Protector highlights ongoing efforts to ensure clean, potable water for Hammanskraal residents.
Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Plant

This morning, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, alongside Mayor Cilliers Brink of the City of Tshwane, will undertake a thorough inspection of the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works and the Klipdrift Package Plant in Hammanskraal, located to the north of Pretoria.

Despite efforts to upgrade the Temba Water Treatment Plant, the community of Hammanskraal has been grappling with persistent challenges related to water supply.

According to Wisani Mavasa, the spokesperson for the Water and Sanitation Department, this inspection aims to tackle the longstanding water supply issues that have been affecting various parts of the area.

Mavasa explains, “The difficulties experienced in the supply of water are primarily attributed to the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works’ inability to consistently meet the required quality standards for the final effluent discharged into the Apies River. This river subsequently feeds into the Leeukraal Dam. Being upstream of Hammanskraal, any issues at the Wastewater Treatment Works directly impact the Leeukraal Dam, which serves as the source of water for the Temba Water Treatment Works. This water is then treated and distributed to residents as drinking water.”

Public Protector Examination

In a recent statement, Public Protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka acknowledged that the City of Tshwane Metro has been taking steps in the right direction to rectify the deficiencies in providing clean, drinkable water to the residents of Hammanskraal.

The inspection planned for today signifies a proactive approach from both the national and local government levels to address the pressing concerns of the Hammanskraal community regarding their access to clean and safe drinking water.


As the sun rose over the horizon, Minister Senzo Mchunu, accompanied by Mayor Cilliers Brink, embarked on a mission of paramount importance – to assess the state of two vital water treatment facilities: the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works and the Klipdrift Package Plant situated in the heart of Hammanskraal, just north of Pretoria.

For far too long, the residents of Hammanskraal have grappled with a seemingly unending saga of water supply challenges, despite earnest attempts to modernize the Temba Water Treatment Plant.

Speaking on behalf of the Water and Sanitation Department, Wisani Mavasa articulated the essence of today’s inspection. “Our objective is crystal clear: to confront head-on the persistent water supply issues that have plagued numerous corners of this region.”

Mavasa elaborated further, shedding light on the root cause of the ongoing predicament. “The core of the problem lies in the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works, which has struggled to consistently uphold the requisite standards for effluent quality discharged into the Apies River. This river serves as a lifeline for the surrounding ecosystem, including the pivotal Leeukraal Dam. Situated upstream of Hammanskraal, any compromise in the Wastewater Treatment Works directly jeopardizes the integrity of the Leeukraal Dam, the primary water source for the Temba Water Treatment Works, which diligently processes and distributes potable drinking water to our residents.”

The recent acknowledgment by Public Protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka underscores the gravity of the situation. Despite the strides taken by the City of Tshwane Metro, challenges persist in ensuring that the residents of Hammanskraal have access to clean, potable water.

Today’s inspection stands as a beacon of hope, signaling a concerted effort from both national and local authorities to alleviate the plight of the Hammanskraal community and uphold their fundamental right to clean and safe drinking water.


As the first light of dawn gently illuminated the landscape, Minister Senzo Mchunu, accompanied by Mayor Cilliers Brink, set forth on a mission critical to the well-being of the Hammanskraal community. Their destination: the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works and the Klipdrift Package Plant nestled in the serene environs of Hammanskraal, just a stone’s throw away from Pretoria.

Despite the recent overhaul of the Temba Water Treatment Plant, the residents of Hammanskraal continue to grapple with the specter of water scarcity, a predicament that has persisted for far too long.

With a solemn resolve, Wisani Mavasa, the voice of the Water and Sanitation Department, articulated the purpose behind today’s endeavor. “Our mission is clear: to confront head-on the entrenched water supply issues that have plagued the Hammanskraal community.”

Mavasa delved into the heart of the matter, elucidating the underlying causes of the community’s predicament. “The crux of the matter lies in the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works, which has struggled to consistently meet the prescribed standards for effluent quality discharged into the Apies River. This river serves as a vital artery for the surrounding ecosystem, nourishing the iconic Leeukraal Dam. Situated upstream of Hammanskraal, any disruption in the Wastewater Treatment Works directly imperils the integrity of the Leeukraal Dam, the lifeline for the Temba Water Treatment Works, which tirelessly processes and distributes potable drinking water to our residents.”

The recent acknowledgment by Public Protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka serves as a poignant reminder of the urgency of the situation. Despite commendable efforts by the City of Tshwane Metro, the challenges persist in ensuring that the residents of Hammanskraal have unfettered access to clean, potable water.

Today’s inspection is more than just a routine exercise; it embodies a collective commitment from both national and local authorities to alleviate the suffering of the Hammanskraal community and safeguard their inherent right to clean and safe drinking water.

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