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Partnerships to boost SA’s water security

Pretoria � South Africa has committed to work with all international agencies and governments to ensure water security.

The commitment was made during the opening of the 6th International Hydrology Programme (IHP) Africa National Committees Meeting in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

The IHP is a United Nations sanctioned programme. The Department of Water and Sanitation is hosting the two-day IHP meeting.

Water and Sanitation Deputy Director General: Planning and Information, Deborah Mochotlhi, said delegates at the meeting must put their heads together to come up with implementable and effective international mechanisms to manage water security and protect water resources.

These mechanisms will ensure that all the countries represented here today manage their water resources and also educate all water users about their role.

Hydrologists play a critical role in the water sector, as they measure the properties of bodies of water, such as water quality and stream flow, and they also analyse data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought and other problems, Mochotlhi said.

She said they are mindful of the global issues in relation to water challenges facing most parts of the world caused by the effects of climate change. South Africa, in particular, is still grappling with and recovering from the devastating drought effects.

In recent months, the Western Cape province has been severely affected by these natural effects and subsequently the province was declared a disaster area due to serious water challenges.

The Eastern Cape province has also not been spared, with Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Mnquma Municipalities being hard hit by serious water challenges.

This is not just a South African problem, the African continent and the world at large is also battling with drought effects, particularly developing countries. Climate change challenges need increased joint efforts by everyone, governments, international organisations, business, water sector stakeholders and the general public to work together to find ways to manage this problem, Mochotlhi said.

About the IHP

The IHP was established in 1975 as the single intergovernmental cooperative programme devoted to the scientific study of freshwater and to formulate strategies and policy for sustainable management of water resources globally.

The objectives of IHP include enhancing water resource management, promoting water resource governance and supporting integrated programmes that facilitate capacity building.

It also provides opportunities for member states and cooperating professional and scientific organisations to enhance their understanding of the water cycle, thereby increasing their capacities to manage and develop their water resources better.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Kiir Fires Striking South Sudanese Judges

JUBA � South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has fired a dozen judges who went on strike in May to demand better pay and improved working conditions. Before the firings, only 274 judges had been employed across the entire country.

The president’s decree was announced on the government-run television station Wednesday night.

Information Minister Michael Makuei said he could not provide an explanation to South Sudan in Focus on why the judges were fired at a time when the government is preparing to address citizen grievances in a national dialogue.

Khalid Abdulla Mohamed, chairman of the Judges and Justices Committee, confirmed that he and several other judges were dismissed, but declined to elaborate.

Repeated phone calls to the president’s office went unanswered Thursday.

South Sudanese legal expert Modi Ezekiel said the move undermines the independence of the judiciary system.

The judges may not feel free to utter out their views because they fear the executives will sack them, so they will be working according to the will of the executive yet an independent judiciary is crucial for any country that wants to build a better future, said Ezekiel.

He said the president’s decision surprised him because it only increases the load on the remaining judges, who already are overworked.

The country was faced with a shortage of judges right from its independence up to now. Some judges died, they were never replaced; others ran out of the country due to insecurity, Ezekiel said.

And Ezekiel said the young generation is not willing to join the judiciary because of the low pay.

He said the president should have first run his plan to fire judges past South Sudan’s Judicial Service Commission.

The judges’ strike began May 1 after the government refused to address their grievances.

Besides calling for better pay and working conditions, the judges asked President Kiir to fire chief justice Chan Reec Madut, who they said had not responded to their concerns.

Source: Voice of America