The Department of Water and Sanitation director-general, Dan Mashitisho, left the door open for adjustments to the policy through which government procures the delivery of water infrastructure when he admitted that procurement guideline gaps often undermined projects. Mashitisho was addressing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday ahead of the UN’s World Water Day Summit and Expo in Durban, which began on Wednesday. The event will be addressed by President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the High-Level Panel on Water, of which he is a member. Mashitisho’s comments come after a number of reports that procurement deviations at various water boards have brought water service delivery to a halt due to weaknesses in their financial management systems and irregularly awarded water-delivery project contracts. Among others, the board is at the centre of a storm over a water project in Giyani, which reportedly cost more than R170m, but at villages in the region, water is still not regularly available. Kg...

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