Magalies Water is a Water Board 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.
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.
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).
The Magalies Water Story Began Way Back In 1969
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.”
1983. The Year We Turned Over A New Leaf
The board underwent its name change to Magalies Water and operational area was extended beyond the then Bophuthatswana homeland.
Bringing The Source Of Life To Other Mines, Communities And Industries
Over time, the capacity of Magalies Water was extended to progressively cater for increased water supply demands of customers.
Supplying Retail Water Services To Municipalities
In 1996, Magalies Water extended its water supply services to operate, maintain and supply retail water to the Moses Kotane, Moretele and parts of Madibeng and the City of Tshwane municipalities.
A Key Milestone. Water Became A Right, Not A Luxury
The Water Services Act. 108 of 1997 was promulgated to provide for the rights of access to basic water supply and basic sanitation.
Negotiating For Rustenburg Needs
In 1999, after negotiations with Rand Water, the company expanded Vaalkop to meet the demand of the rapidly increasing water needs of the Rustenburg region.
Helping Our Municipalities To Care For Our Communities
In 2003, Magalies Water Board took a strategic decision to explore retail water operations and maintenance, part of its secondary activities, following the promulgation of the Municipal Structures Act and Municipal Systems Act. This was undertaken to assist municipalities to enhance water services to communities.
The purpose of our existence is thus simple yet powerful. We supply volumes of water and secondary services to Water Service Authorities (WSA), Water Services Institutions (WSI), mines and industries. This in turn enhances quality of life for communities, helps to create jobs and grow the economy.