Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu has received comprehensive updates about enduring problematic developments at the Amatola Water Board in the Eastern Cape.
Since taking office nine months ago, Sisulu has tried a variety of interventions to resolve management and governance issues which have plagued the affairs of Amatola Water for some years.
The board has long been characterised by instability and infighting, which has rendered Amatola Water dysfunctional.
Minister Sisulu has now concluded that ending the term of office of the current interim board and appointing legal administrators to manage the affairs of Amatola Water is the only practical solution left to address the enduring instability.
The decision by Minister Sisulu is not taken lightly. It is informed by the need to have a solvent institution that strives for reliable delivery of water to the citizens of the Eastern Cape.
Sisulu would like to thank the interim board for their work. Decisions that were taken by the board will remain valid and in force.
These include investigations into the current CEO, who was recently placed on special precautionary leave with full pay.