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Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) is a state-owned entity charged with financing and implementing bulk raw water infrastructure projects. It is an agency of the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which is responsible for the country’s water resources in respect of usage, equitable allocation and distribution. TCTA assists the government in its pursuit of water security for South Africa and in realising its constitutional obligation of ensuring universal access to this essential resource for all citizens. For more information about TCTA, click here.

CEO reassures project funders


March 2020







TCTA is a sound business that remains able to meet its financial obligations  despite a qualified audit opinion that the Auditor-General (A-G) issued with respect to its 2018/19 financial statements, says CEO Percy Sechemane


“TCTA remains to be a capable, well-supported water-sector institution, with a vital capability to raise funding,” he said, speaking at breakfast with project funders at a recent breakfast in Sandton on 13 March. The event was organised to brief them on the state of TCTA. Mr Sechemane highlighted that this was the first qualified audit that TCTA had received since its inception in 1986. Further, it was the first time that the office of the A-G performed a full audit on the organisation. Previously, private audit firms did the job.(Read more)

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Seawater desalination poised to go mainstream

March 2020

The National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP), Minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched in November last year, identifies seawater desalination as a significant element of the national water mix in the next ten years. Opportunities abound for TCTA to play a central role in this development.

According to hydrological data in the NWSMP, the country has a current water deficit, which will grow larger unless stakeholders take action to close the gap. Hence, the Plan aims to restore the national water balance by 2030 as a vital underpinning of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. (Read more)

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SA celebrates National Water Week 2020

March 2020

South Africa marked the World Water Day with week-long activities, from 16-22 March, aiming to focus public attention on the imperative to save the limited freshwater resources.

According to the United Nations (UN), “World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water”. Its principal emphasis is supporting the realisation of the world body’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is water and sanitation for all by 2030.

 (Read more)


Project site violence bedevils infrastructure rollout

March 2020


Violent disruptions bedevil construction sites across the country, raising all manner of challenges for state entities such as TCTA mandated with infrastructure development.

The reasons for the scourge are vari us and varied, but the government and industry value the impact at billions of rands. (Read more)

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