FOUNDATION OF MAGALIES WATER
The Board of Magalies Water was originally established by Government Notice 234 of 1969 to mainly supply the needs of platinum mines in the Rustenburg and Thabazimbi areas. At the time, it was called “Vaalkop Water Board.”
This prestigious Water Board was established in terms of section 29 of the Water Services Act, (Act No 108 of 1997) and Public Entity as per Schedule 3B of the Public Finance Management Act (Act No 1 of 1999), as amended.
We report directly to the Minister of Water and Sanitation and our core mandate is to meet Section 29 obligations and provide viable Section 30 initiatives as and when required per the Water Services Act, (Act 108 of 1997).
According to statistics recorded during the previous censors, the water boards collectively serve more than 24 million people via 90 municipalities which in turn equates to more than half of the population. This figure has since grown exponentially.
In 1983 the company’s board discerned that it was accurate and appealing that the company gears into a new dimension thus name changing from Vaalkop Water board to Magalies Water board, was one major conducive element that would hinge with the on-going company strategies.
WATER URGENCY AND SUPPLY
Magalies Water has had a mandate to immensely provide water for industries and communities as a need rather than a luxury or a mere want. In the year 1996 the company extended its water supply services to operate, maintain and supply retail water to the Local Municipalities such as; Moses Kotane LM, Moretele LM and other parts of Madibeng LM, as well as the City of Tshwane Metropolitan.
The Water Service Act 108 of 1997 was promulgated to provide for the rights of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation.
- Negotiation Outcomes
Subsequent negotiations with Rand Water in 1999, the company expanded the Vaalkop Treatment Plant to meet the demand of rapidly increasing water needs of the Rustenburg region.
- Holding hands with Municipalities and Communities
In 2003, Magalies Water board took a strategic decision to explore retail water operations and maintenance as part of its secondary obligations, following the promulgation of the Municipal Structures Act and Municipal Systems Act. This was initiated to assist municipalities to enhance water services to communities at large. The purpose of our existence is thus simple, yet powerful. We supply volumes of water and secondary services to the Water Services Authorities (WSA) and Water Service Institutions (WSI’s).