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Title: Presentation to the Portfolio Committee: Water


1
Presentation to the Portfolio Committee Water
Environment
Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG)
programme

Presentation by Mr Trevor Balzer Programme
Manager Special Projects 16 17 March 2010
2
Contents
  • Introduction
  • SONA
  • Overview
  • RBIG Policy
  • Definition of Regional Bulk
  • Project Criteria
  • Implementation Readiness
  • Budget Allocation
  • Progress
  • Refocusing RBIG Approach
  • MTEF Allocation
  • New Priorities

3
Introduction
  • Regional Bulk Infrastructure Programme
  • Grant mechanism established in 2007 to supplement
    the financing for the development of regional
    bulk water infrastructure and regional bulk
    sanitation collection as well as regional water
    and waste water treatment works (social component
    only)
  • Budget Allocation (2010 MTEF) R4.42 billion
  • Estimated R60 billion investment required

4
SONA (Extracts)
  • In addition, we will work to improve the
    effectiveness of local government, infrastructure
    development and human settlements
  • We are not a water rich country.
  • Yet we still lose a lot of water through leaking
    pipes and inadequate infrastructure.
  • We will be putting in place measures to reduce
    our water loss by half by 2014.
  • This government will ensure that our
    environmental assets and natural resources are
    well protected, and are continually enhanced.

5
How does RBIG respond to SONA
  • Support and assist WSA with Bulk infrastructure
    operations and maintenance
  • Ensure that WC/WDM is effectively addressed
    before approving RBIG projects
  • Ensure adequate O M, and asset management
    measures are part of the new RBIG projects
  • Promote where possible WC/WDM related RBIG
    projects i.e. Wastewater recycling (re-use)

6
RBIG Policy
  • Aim This fund aims to support Governments
    development targets (e.g. eradication of basic
    water supply and basic sanitation backlogs) as
    well as socio economic priorities such as the
    2010 Soccer World Cup, enablement of growth and
    development initiatives as well as addressing
    specific water risks (e.g. water availability,
    water quality and environmental challenges).
  • Responsibility DWA is responsible and
    accountable for the management of this
    specific-purpose Water Services Regional Bulk
    Infrastructure Grant.
  • Accountability The transfer from National
    Treasury to DWA will take place as per DoRA and
    bi-lateral arrangements.
  • Assessment / Allocation The fund is project
    focused and each case is assessed and selected on
    merit. It is not formula based and not
    generically allocated.
  • Co-funding While this fund must enable economic
    development, the proportional capital cost for
    higher levels of domestic, commercial and
    industrial uses must be obtained from suitable
    co-funding or financing mechanisms

7
Policy Definition of Regional bulk
  • The infrastructure required to connect the water
    resource, on a macro or sub regional scale (over
    vast distances), with internal bulk and
    reticulation systems or any bulk supply
    infrastructure that may have a significant impact
    on water resources in terms of quantity and
    quality.
  • Macro is defined as infrastructure serving
    extensive areas across multi-municipal boundaries
  • Sub-regional is defined as large regional bulk
    infrastructure serving numerous communities over
    a large area normally within a specific district
    or local municipal area
  • Over vast distances is considered as any
    distances greater than 5 km
  • Bulk infrastructure that has a significant
    impact on water resources includes
  • Any bulk scheme that is designed for maximum
    demand of 5 Ml/day or more
  • Any waste water treatment plant that discharges
    into a fresh water resource system
  • Any water treatment plant that is designed for a
    maximum demand of more than 2 Ml/day

8
  • Project Criteria
  • Funding is only allocated for implementation once
    the Projects is implementation ready.
  • Projects must be aligned with regional and
    national water resource development strategies,
    including compliance to WC/WDM.
  • Projects must provide for realistic longer-term
    development scenarios and total needs
  • Projects must have stakeholder involvement and
    commitment.
  • Projects must be environmentally acceptable
    (approved EIA and environmental Management plan).

9
  • Implementation Readiness
  • Comprehensive feasibility planning must be
    undertaken
  • Prove socio-economic benefit
  • Financial viability
  • Illustrate sustainability
  • Technical acceptability
  • Institutional arrangements
  • Agreement , commitments for both implementation
    and sustainable operation
  • Projects must be environmentally acceptable
  • A financing plan must be in place,
  • Compliance to water conservation measures
  • Acceptable asset management plans and systems
  • Completed Environmental Impact Assessment, and
  • Water licenses

10
Budget allocation
  • Previous financial years 2007/08 and 2008/09
  • 2007/08 R 300.0 million
  • 2008/09 R 444.7 million
  • 2009/10 R 616.8 million
  • 2010/11 MTEF Allocation
  • 2010/11 R 893.0 million (Including the R54 mil
    Limpopo drought relief funding)
  • 2011/12 R 1675.3 million
  • 2012/13 R 1849.2 million

11
Progress to date
  • The total projects implemented since the start of
    the programme are as follows
  • 107 projects were started since 07/08 financial
    year
  • 50 implementation projects have been initiated
    and are in construction, design or tender phase
  • 32 construction,
  • 18 design / tender phase
  • 57 feasibility / implementation ready studies
    underway (budget for implementation approximately
    R3 billion)
  • 9 projects have been completed
  • New projects can be funded from 2012/13

12
Projects completed
  • The projects completed to date are as follows
  • 2007/08
  • Chris Hani Tsomo RDP2 BWS
  • Delmas Phase 1 Emergency
  • Thaba Chweu BWS
  • 2008/09
  • Delmas Phase 2
  • Maqwassi Hills RWS
  • 2009/10
  • Mbhashe North BWS
  • Mathulini BWS
  • Greater Mthonjaneni BWS Phase 1
  • Van Wyksvlei Interim Solution

13
Projects completed in next Quarter
  • Projects to be completed in the next quarter
  • Mthatha Bulk Water Intervention
  • Jagersfontein BWS
  • Groblersdal Lukau BWS
  • Van Der Kloof/Petrusville BWS

14
Jobs created
  • RBIG has created 3,448 jobs,
  • This equates to 188,825 person days.

15
Project Challenges Risks
  1. Transfer of funds
  2. Misuse of funds by Municipalities
  3. Many projects were not ready and were given
    funding
  4. Non-Dora compliance (eg Roll over requests from
    NT)
  5. Inadequate capacity by municipalities to manage
    implementation
  6. Delays in implementation of projects and
    expenditure
  7. High escalation costs
  8. Approval process not followed
  9. Sustainability of projects once completed
    (commitments by Municipalities to perform OM)
  10. Lack of Co-funding by WSA

16
Refocusing our approach
  • DWA to take greater/direct control for
    implementing new RBIG projects utilising
  • Project management capacity from DWA Regional
    and National Offices
  • Utilising the capacity of Water Boards
  • Utilising DWA construction
  • Where feasible new assets to be transferred to
    Water Boards
  • Focus on sustainability of projects and
    Operations and maintenance

17
2010 MTEF ALLOCATIONS
18
Total Needs Assessment as at Dec 08
19
New Priorities (2010)
  • Broadening access from under-utilised and single
    purpose dams (Taung and Josini)
  • Desalination Strategy and roll-out
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Green Agenda
  • Namakwa Water - refurbishment
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