New Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti plans to streamline the 428 entities that report to his department to allow for better governance. The system is "overly complex"‚ he said on Monday at a Water Institute of Southern Africa conference in Cape Town. In May Nkwinti said he had inherited a bankrupt, dysfunctional department from predecessor Nomvula Mokonyane. Nkwinti told the Sunday Times last week that his new department was swimming in debt and that there were no proper structures to monitor officials’ performance. The department is facing a full inquiry by three parliamentary committees‚ with the possibility that criminal charges may be laid by the standing committee on public accounts for a R2.9bn overdraft it took with the Reserve Bank. Organogram But in his upbeat speech on Monday, Nkwinti said that having streamlined the departmental organogram, he would soon be presenting the new water and sanitation master plan to the cabinet. "More detailed implementation plans ...

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