On 7 May 2020, SERI submitted comments to a presentation made by the Director-General of the Department of Water and Sanitation on “Covid-19 interventions” to the joint Portfolio Committee and Select Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 21 April 2020. 

Klerksdorp North WestThese comments were submitted following SERI’s engagement, along with the SAWC South African Water Caucus (SAWC) and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), with the Minister’s Advisory Committee on 30 April 2020.  The Minister’s Advisory Committee will convey our comments and questions and provide responses.

SERI requests that the Department create a mechanism for civil society engagement,  and recommends that the Department: