MUNICIPAL CONTACTS: Mpumalanga: Nkangala District Municipality

Ehlanzeni Gert Sibande        

WEATHER: Belfast, DelmasDullstroom, Hendrina, Kwaggafontein,   Middelburg, Witbank, Wonderhoek
Nkangala District Municipality
Local Municicpality
Victor Khanya (Delmas) LM
Dr JS Moroka LM
Emakhazeni LM
Emalahleni LM
Steve Tshwete LM
Thembisile LM
Nkangala District Municipality
Top Tel. No. 013 249 2000
Nkangala District Municipality - eWISA Fax No. 013 249 2087
Email/Web  / 
Address 24 Chruch Street, PO Box 437, Middelburg, 1050
Towns: Airlie, Argent, Balmoral, Belfast, Coalville, Delmas, Dalmanutha, Dullstroom, Eloff, Gloria,  Hendrina, Hlanikahle, Helvetia North, Hemlock, Kendal, Kriel, Kromdraai, Kwaggaskop, Kwaggafontein, Kwaguqa, Kwamhlanga, Lammerkop, Machadorp, Marapjane, Minnaar, Mhluzi, Middelburg , Moloto, Nokaneng, Ogies, Palmer, Reyno Ridge, Rietkkuil, Santa, Seabe, Sehlakwana, Selonsrivier, Siyabuswa, Stoffberg, Sundra, Sybrandskraal,  Sycamore, Tweefontein, van Dyksdrif, Vrischgewaagd, Waterval Boven, Waterval-Onder, Witbank, Wolvenkop, Wonderfontein, Wonderhoek 
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Dams Athlone Dam, Bankfontein Dam, Belfast Dam, Clever Dam, Dooringpoort Dam, Douglas Dam, Graham Dam, Kleinfontein Dam, Kromdraai Dam, Kruger Dam, Loskop Dam. Middelburg Dam, Pienaar Dam, Rietspruit Dam,  Rhenosterkop Dam, Vanwyksdrif Dam, Witbank Dam

Waste Water Treatment Works

Victor Khanye (Delmas) 
Top Tel. No. 013 665 6000
Fax No. 013 665 2913 
Email/Web   / 
Address cnr Van Der Walt Street and Samuel Road, PO Box 6, Delmas, 2210
Towns: Argent, Delmas, Eloff,  Sundra
Water tariffs:

Dams Kromdraai Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 80.07% 
Regulatory Impression:  The team of Victor Khanya Local Municipality impressed the Department with a very good effort under challenging circumstances. The Department wish to congratulate the Municipality for a significant turnaround. This is a remarkable effort compared to the 2011 performance.  It is also noted that the municipality made a significant amendment to its drinking water quality management approach where a new system was commissioned in an attempt to address the DWQ management. Few gaps comprised the score which is a non-compliance with Regulation 2834 (the system and all process control staff systems should be classified should be shown adequate / competent to maintain processes), According to the Inspectors “The WSA’s water services team is competent and very enthusiastic about their new water treatment works. The new water treatment works which is state of the art and designed to remove manganese and iron from the ground water is currently being used. This is the first time that a Blue Water Services Team has visited this works. The team was very well received”. Well done Victor Khanya.   (Ref 6)

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Blue Drop Score


  • Average Blue Drop Score: 54.6%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 99%

Regulatory Impression: The municipality is performing rather well yet improvement is required.  More attention must be given to DWQ results submission to DWAF and compliance calculation. Significant improvement (since 2007 diarrhea outbreak) in disinfection procedures is noted but the authority is yet encouraged to maintain the bacteriological safeness of the tap water. (Ref1)


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Delmas 2009

2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  It is disheartening to note that the CRR in Victor Khanye on both WWTWs remain in critical state. The Municipality submitted the PAT very late despite numerous communications and not meeting the Moderators gracious deadline extended. The further non-attendance of the Green Drop confirmation sessions held in Nelspruit indicate a disinterest in the wastewater business, which is at the core of service delivery in local government. No compliance monitoring is taking place at these plants and both plants are hydraulically overloaded. It has not been clearly demonstrated that the hydraulic design capacity at Botleng has increased beyond 4.5Ml/d (expansion of plant indicates 3,5Ml/d increase) and also especially as there is the intention to divert inflows from Delmas to Botleng. The CRR and risk rating remain the same at the plant. There is also no action plans in place. The Municipality is required to report the effluent quality to the Department of Water Affairs on regular basis via the Green Drop System (GDS) and to upload all required information according to the Green Drop Criteria to ensure continuous management of information. The Department further recommends the development of the GDIP to be incorporated in the W2RAP that is currently being developed. (Ref 7)


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Delmas, Botleng

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012
2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11: 28.5%

Regulatory Impression:  The Delmas Local Municipality performed unsatisfactory during the latest Green Drop assessments. The municipal GDC score of 28.5% is compounded by the negative trend (↓) in Green Drop scores, showing a marked digression from 54% to 27/29% over the past year. The Green Drop results indicate that wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. Basic information could not be presented by the municipal team, including operational flow measurements, bylaw implementation and unit cost of services, as part of essential asset management and maintenance. The results present evidence to indicate that technical competency and decisive management style have not been prioritised within the institution, and may underwrite many of the challenges that the municipality continue to face. The site inspections provided valuable insight into how the municipality operate and this information could assist management to rectify some of the key issues that underlies the poor performance. The assessment team noted that operators were unable to interpret results and affect operational changes to the process. Very poor knowledge on the basic functioning of the treatment units was evident, and decisions are made with dire consequence to the environment (e.g. pond clean up). Inadequate control over the construction site and work were disconcerting, and the contractors seem to ‘handle’ the municipality. The WSA representative could not verify what is being constructed and why – project management is sadly lacking. A high number of people are found on site, but productivity is questionable. (Ref 5)


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Delmas, Botleng

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  52%

Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the erall reen Drop Assessment, the Municipality is performing satisfactory, but further improvement by the WSA and its WSP is required.  Generic improvement areas for all the works are compliance in terms of: Registration and classification of the works as well as the perating staff (inprocess), WWQ Monitoring Programme efficiency, Regular submission of WWQ results to DWA (specifically for Botleng), WWQ compliance, and Management planning relating to the WWTW capacity (Ref 3)


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Delmas LM 2009

Dr JS Moroka
Top Tel. No. 013 973 1101 / 0821/ 2595  
Fax No. 013 973 2463 / 0973/ 06974/ 1370
Address 2601/3 Bongimfundo Street, Private Bag X4012, Siyabuswa, 0472
Towns: Marapjane, Nokaneng, Seabe, Siyabuswa
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Dams Rhenosterkop Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  92.64% 

Dr JS Moroka

Regulatory Impression:  The level of commitment shown by the Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality in improving their performance in drinking water quality (DWQ) management, has convinced the Department that this water services authority is capable of regaining the Blue Drop certification that was obtained in 2010. The municipality is performing well in most of the Blue Drop requirements and is encouraged to maintain the current level of enthusiasm. Special attention needs to be given to the recurring failures in microbiological compliance since this is where most points were dropped during this assessment cycle.  (Ref 6\)

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Dr JS Moroka

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  84.42% 
Regulatory Impression:  It is disappointing that Dr JS Moroka could not retain its Blue Drop Certification status. Poor performance against the Water Safety Plan requirement, together with the microbiological quality of the water only evaluated as good, largely prevented DWA from evaluating the drinking water quality (DWQ) management business as excellent. Should these aspects receive serious attention, while performance is maintained against the other aspects of the business, Blue Drop status again becomes achievable in 2012. (Ref 4)

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2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  95.7% 
  Dr JS Moroka
Regulatory Impression:  Dr. J.S Moroka is a major success story and duly deserves the prestigious accolade in shape of the Blue Drop Certification. Since 2009 this municipality approached the Blue Drop programme with a manner of enthusiasm and dedication which is commendable and serves as an example for similarly capacitated local authorities. The Department trusts that the same performance levels will be maintained.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 

Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 49%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 99.9%\

Regulatory Impression: The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has noted the remarkable improvement in the manner drinking water quality is being managed by Dr. J. S.Moraka Municipality since the initial (Blue Drop) assessment to the final assessment. Actual compliance and incident preparedness requires more improvement though. (Ref 1)


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Dr JS Moroko 2009

2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  The Department commends Dr J. S. Moroka for developing the W2RAP to address the key challenges with regards to the effluent quality management. Even though the risk rating of the Vaalbank/Libangeni wastewater treatment plant has reduced and is now falling in the low risk category, due to the fact that the final it is not required effluent evaporates and is not discharged to the environment or used for irrigation. Even though is not a requirement to monitor oxidation ponds that do not discharge effluent into the environment or irrigate, the Department recommends to enable the treatment performance of the wastewater treatment works to be monitored as well as the ground water to ensure that there is no infiltration of wastewater into the aquifer. The plants fall within the medium risk category, a professional service provider has been appointed to reduce the CRR risk ratings where applicable at these plants with installation of flow meters, appointing an accredited lab to do compliance monitoring with the aim of achieving the target score of zero effluent failures. Currently no compliance monitoring is undertaken at Vaalbank and Toitskraal. The W2RAP specifically is focusing on the treatment system only, i.e. reducing the CRR value and improving on the 2011 GD scores. (Ref 7)


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Vaalbank, Siyabuswa

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2011
2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11: 58.6%

Regulatory Impression:  The Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory during the Green Drop assessments indicating that the wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. A number of key Green Drop requirements are not being met, resulting in an overall municipal score of 58.6%. The most prominent gaps are to be found in the lack of submission of results, effluent quality compliance, Bylaws and planning aspects related to the collector and treatment infrastructure. The lack in flow monitoring is relevant to Vaalbank only. The results indicate that the Siyabuswa system has improved markedly from its 2009 status, and that the strong technical structure gives substance to monitoring and data credibility (100% achieved). Given the 70% operational flow of the plant, it is surprising that this plant only holds a (low) 15% effluent quality compliance. These findings would be helpful in scoping the priorities for the WSA in the immediate future. Unfortunately, the Vaalbank system does not tag on the promising path of Siyabuswa, having moved downwards from a Green Drop score of 28 to 16%. In addition, the CRR risk profile indicate a continued digress (↑) for the Vaalbank treatment plant. Both plants is still residing in medium risk space, which is considered an important point of reference, when considering the few medium risk plants found in Mpumulanga. (Ref 5)


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Vaalbank, Siyabuswa

2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  34%

Regulatory Impression:  The assessment has shown that the Municipality is on the right track however improvement is required to ensure the improvement of the effluent quality. Overall improvement is required to ensure that wastewater services management enhancement lead to the required acceptable effluent quality.  It is also expected that detected failures are acted upon according to a Failure Response protocol. (Ref 3)


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JS Moroka LM 2009

Top Tel. No. 013 253 1121
Fax No.  013 253 2440
Address 25 Scheepers Street, PO Box 17, Belfast, 1100
Towns: Airlie, Belfast, Dalmanutha, Dullstroom, Helvetia North, Hemlock, Kwaggaskop, Machadorp, Palmer, Santa, Stoffberg, Sycamore, Stoffberg, Waterval Boven, Waterval-Onder, Wonderfontein
Water tariffs:

Dams Belfast Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  79.83% 
Regulatory Impression:  The eMakhazeni Local Municipality together with the Lekwa Local Municipality’s performance remains more or less the same compared to the previous cycle of assessment. Although there is a slight decline in the three systems regarding the DWQ management, of which one of the contributing factor could be a non-compliance of the Microbiological in terms of the set National standards (SANS 241). The performance of Belfast WTW is very close to the excellence target; indicating that Blue Drop certification is imminent if the issues identified by the Inspectors are adequately addressed. Ample room exists for improvement on other aspects of DWQ management; attention should be given to review the operation and maintenance manual and technical process audit. The Department strongly recommends that an urgent investigation be carried out, regarding the recurring failures of the Microbiological compliance (especially in the Dullstroom, Emgwenya and Machadodorp (Entokozweni) WTWs). Failure to do so could result in serious health effects and even loss of human life. Another area of concern is the lack of skilled process control staff who not complies with the requirements of Regulation 2834. However, DWA is encouraged by the appointment of a resident engineer who assists in general monitoring of operations system as well as a project that is currently on-going in the Mpumalanga Region for NQF2 Water treatment operations training. Management is yet to sign their commitment towards the water safety planning process. This is essential to ensure the implementation of identified control measures as part of a proactive approach to drinking water quality management. Based upon the key performance area that scores favourably, it is clear that there is no lack of commitment and support from the Municipal Manager. The Department is therefore convinced that this would be merely a matter to get the Municipal Manager's signature on the improved/revised WSP to ensure a more positive score in this regard. The Department commends the Local Municipality for maintaining monthly submission of information on the Blue Drop System (BDS) and encourage the municipality to continue doing so. In conclusion, DWA encourages the municipality to maintain the performance and strive for excellence. With some effort eMakhazeni Local Municipality can achieve Blue Drop status in all their supply systems.  (Ref 6)

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Belfast , Dullstroom ,Emgwenya,Entokozweni 

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  84.42% 
Regulatory Impression:  The Emakhazeni LM is to be commended on their positive approach and commitment to fulfilling all the requirements of the Blue Drop Certification Programme. An attempt was made to table evidence for each criterion, some of the documentation was however generic in nature. All the documentary evidence presented was in hard copy. It is recommended (required) that the LM appoint a responsible person to ensure that this information is uploaded on the Blue Drop System (BDS). (Ref 4)

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Belfast (Emakhazeni) Dullstroom Emgwenya (W Boven) Entokozweni 

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 :  71.2% 
Regulatory Impression:   The Department notes the creditable improvement in all the systems under the jurisdiction of Emakhazeni Local Municipality. Should there be an effort to get the water safety planning process initiated and implemented soon, there is little to no reason why Blue Drop Certification would not be achieved during the next assessment cycle. Another praiseworthy initiative was the intensive effort to rectify DWQ data records within a very short space of time. Such dedication is ultimately to the benefit of the communities served by this municipality.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 58.5%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: *98.3%\

Regulatory Impression: The Emakhazeni Municipality has faired well during the Blue Drop assessments. However Process Controlling is far off the requirements for Blue Drop certification. The irregular submission of DWQ compliance data to the Department prevents proper compliance calculation.This implies that the microbiological compliance cannot be accepted as actual.  Improvement is required. (Ref 1)


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2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:   The risk rating for most of the plants fall within the medium risk category with the exception of Waterval Boven in the low risk category, No GD scores less than 30% so no CAPs required to be submitted for review. W2RAP in the planning stage and did not have to submit for assessment. Machadodorp decommissioned and so effluent data is only up to Jan 2011. Emthonjeni flow meter to be repaired and inflow measurement resumed. Compliance for all plants still in the RED and Waterval Boven should be considered as 90% overall compliance. The capacity exceedance at Dullstroom has to be addressed. (Ref 7)


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Belfast, Machadodorp< Dullstroom

Emthonjeni, Waterval Boven-Mgwenwa Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012
2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11: 70.2%

Regulatory Impression:  The Emakhazeni Local Municipality performance exceeds the average performance of its peers in the Province. The municipal score of 70% indicate satisfactory performance by the WSA and Emakhazeni impresses with its consistent and marked improvement in Green Drop scores (↑) when compared with the 2009 results. The municipality is commended for the significant progress made, especially notable in the areas of monitoring, data credibility and Bylaws. However, the lower lying scores of Machadodorp, Dullstroom and Emtjonjeni indicate that the overall wastewater services need to be elevated to be on par with the expectations of the regulation programme. The key gaps is presented in terms of the planning aspects related to collector and treatment capacity, failure response management, asset management, the lack in flow monitoring, as well as non-compliance to effluent quality discharge standards. Dullstroom treatment plant (and possibly the collector system) is hydraulically overloaded, resulting in 15% compliance only.

From the 2010/11 Green Drop results, it is possible for the municipality to identify the key gaps in its water services delivery function and to rectify those in a risk-based approach. If the municipality could apply focus and resources to these, it is possible to move its Green Drop score towards >80% in the GDC 2011/12 cycle – thereby establishing a new benchmark for the Province. Unfortunately, at present time, the municipal services fall short of best practice and performance. This is particularly evident when analysing the risk trends of the treatment works, which indicate all 5 plants to have increased risk profiles (↑), with 3 plants in high risk space. (Ref 5)


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Belfast/Siyathuthuka, Emthonjeni, Machadodorp

Waterval/Mwgenwa, Dullstroom/Sakhelwe
2009 Green Drop Score 
Average Green Drop Score:  19%

Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipalities are performing very poorly.  Generic improvement are as for all the works arec ompliance in terms of: Registration and classification of the works as well as the operating staff, Monitoring Programme Efficiency (in particular the Belfast and Watervalboven WWTWs), Regular submission of WWQ information to DWA, WWQ compliance, Management response to wastewater failures, and Management planning relating to the WWTW capacity. (Ref 3)


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Emakhazeni LM 2009

Top Tel. No. 013 690 6911 / 013 690 6222
Fax No. 013 690 6207  
Email/Web  / 
Address Civic Centre, Mandela Street, PO Box 3, Witbank, 1035 
Towns: Balmoral, Coalville, Kromdraai, Hlanikahle, Kendal, Kriel, Kwaguqa, Minnaar, Ogies, Reyno Ridge, van Dyksdrif, Witbank
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Dams Clever Dam, Dooringpoort Dam, Douglas Dam, Graham Dam, Kleinfontein Dam, Rietspruit Dam, Vanwyksdrif Dam, Witbank Dam
2012 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 37.5% 
Regulatory Impression:  The eMalahleni Municipality is not performing very well as yet; the overall score reveals that not much has been since the release of the Blue Drop report in 2011 even after the support from the Department by deploying the Rapid Response Unit to assist the Municipality to optimise treatment since various complaints were received on the visual compliance of the water at the time in the area of jurisdiction. A comprehensive report that clearly indicated the plan of action that the Municipality needed to follow to optimise treatment was drawn. The municipality is required to prioritise disinfection as a control measure for bacteriological risk to water supply within its entire area of jurisdiction. The water safety plan needs to improve since acceptable operations are still not in place. The most disappointing factor is that, according to the municipal official present at the confirmation assessment, a proposal presented to the council soon after the initial assessment, in an attempt to initiate a WSP process was not approved. The Municipality has to prioritise development and implementation of the water safety plan, it is imperative to conduct risk assessment for the entire area that covers the catchment, system and distribution. Roles and responsibilities must be clearly defined for the various role players within the Water Services Authority. A service level agreement must also be drawn and endorsed by both WSA and WSP where necessary. The lack of Drinking Water Incident Management Protocol & Water Quality Incident Register from the Municipality is a significant concern to the Department. In the event that any of the plants faces a disaster or emergency situation, the municipality would not be in a position to deal with such, as the protocol and procedures are not in place. It is evident that management is yet to respond favourably towards the requirements of the national regulation programme on various aspects, especially the need to keep its constituency informed on drinking water quality performance. The lack of commitment and accountability from the Management towards the national programme intent to inform the public of local municipal services performance is deplorable. This Department is extremely concerned about the current status of the DWQ. This is the second year, the municipality did not adhere to the regulator’s requirement to be assessed against the Blue Drop criteria and as result, no evidence was presented in support of the drinking water quality (DWQ) management services and performance within the municipal area. The Department will pay more attention to this Municipality to ensure that safe drinking water quality is provided to the public. There is room for vast improvement if the Municipality can pay immediate attention to the following aspects (with the full support of the Municipal Management):
  • Development and implementation of the Water Safety Plan;

  • Development of the Water Incident Management Protocol & Water Quality Incident Register;

  • The Municipality is advised to publish the drinking water quality management performance against the requirements of SANS 241. This will allow the public to have more confidence in the Municipality in terms of the quality of drinking water supplied to them;

  • Implement the plan of action as recommended by the RRU specialist;

  • Submission of drinking water quality compliance on a monthly basis to the Department (on the BDS)  (Ref 6)

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Witbank, Rietspruit, Kriel

2011 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 46.90% 
Regulatory Impression:  Although Emalahleni still performed unsatisfactory against the requirements of the Blue Drop Certification process, an increase in the 2011 Blue Drop score is seen (municipal average from 29.7% to 46.90%). The municipality should improve all aspects of their drinking water quality (DWQ) management performance, urgent attention should be given to address the microbiological drinking water quality failures in the Witbank and Rietspruit systems. Disinfection should improve, it is further advisable that the WSA prepare O&M manuals for all the treatment plants. (Ref 4)

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Witbank, Rietspruit, Kriel

2010 Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 29.7% 
Regulatory Impression:  The Blue Drop performance of Emalahleni Local Municipality was well below expectations. The assessment revealed the lack of drinking water quality incident management protocols. It was even more disconcerting when it was revealed DWQ data record keeping being seriously questionable. This raises an element of doubt over the compliance data and the Department has no other choice but to express concern over the credibility of the municipality’s drinking water quality management records. This municipality will be subjected to a detailed audit soon.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance 

2009 Blue Drop Score
  • Average Blue Drop Score: 43.2%

  • Average DWQ Compliance: 99%

Regulatory Impression: There is certainly ample room for improvement in the management of drinking water quality management as far as process controlling, actual compliance and incident preparedness is concerned. The Department has also received numerous complaints of highly turbid water being reticulated in the system at times. However it is noted that the aesthetically unacceptable water complied with the health parameters of the national standard.  The authority is encouraged give urgent attention to all the shortcomings. (Ref 1)


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Emalahleni 2009

2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  The risk rating of two wastewater treatment plants has reduced and is regarded as positive change. Unfortunately, 5 of the plants show further deterioration in risk profile, with 4 plants in high and critical risk positions. The key risk parameters at the WWTWs is the lack of influent monitoring and effluent compliance biological compliance, noncompliance of the operating staff with R2834 and some of the plants are operating over the design capacity. The Department is concerned about lack of monitoring since the treatment performance cannot be monitored in the absence of analysis of the effluent quality and the level of compliance with acceptable DWA discharge standards. Neither can funding be motivated without this baseline knowledge. The Emalahleni LM has submitted their PAT very late despite the gracious extension from the Moderator and have not complied with numerous communications to complete their PAT. No compliance monitoring data was submitted for these plants that have in all probability resulted in the reduced CRR and risk ratings on the 6 plants with the exception that Phola-Ogies is now categorised in the low risk area. It is acknowledged that refurbishment and upgrades work is underway to restore operations so it is expected that the risk of these plants will soon be reduced and commends the Municipality with recent appointment of staff. The overall trend for the WSA is however, negative and one not reflecting progress. (Ref 7)


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Riverview, Ferrobank, Klipspruit, Naauwpoort

Kriel-Ganala, Phola-Ogies, Rietspruit Risk Trend Analysis
2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11: 45.6%

Regulatory Impression:  The Emalahleni Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory during the Green Drop assessments indicating that the wastewater services are not being managed according to the expectations of the regulation programme. The Green Drop requirements are not met, especially with regard to technical skills, submission of results, asset management and effluent quality compliance. However, it is most encouraging to note that scientific (data) credibility and Bylaws implementation have been addressed and achieved full credits. A significant reference point for Emalahleni is the 100% positive trend (↑) in improved Green Drop scores is noticed when compare with the 2009 GDC status. Despite the positive developments, the situation in Emalahleni is considered frail from a regulatory view as it continues to hold risk to public health and the environment (reference: unacceptable conditions found during site inspections). The municipality has not been able to arrest and rectify the risk elements at 5 of its 7 treatment plants. Five of the plants is in high risk positions, and may move into critical risk space by the next Green Drop cycle 2011/12, if decisive action and appropriate resources are not applied to the specific issues that impact on performance. The findings demand the attention of municipal management and governance. (Ref 5)


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Ferrobank, Naauwpoort, Phola/Ogies, Rietspruit

Riverview,Klipsruit, Kriel/Ganala
2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  18%11

Regulatory Impression:   According to the  assessmentresults, the WWQ management performance of the Municipality, as a whole, is relatively poor, with substantial improvement effort required in all areas  (Ref 3)


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Steve Tshwete
Top Tel. No. 013 249 7000  /  013 243 1656
Fax No. 013 243 2550
Email/Web   ; 
Address cnr Walter Sisulu Street and Wanderers Avenue, PO Box 14, Middelburg, 1050
Physical Address Civic Centre, Wanderers Ave , Middelburg, 1050
Towns: Gloria, Hendrina, Lammerkop, Mhluzi, Middelburg, Rietkkuil, Selonsrivier, Wonderhoek
Water tariffs:

Geographical overview of water and waste water treatment works

Dam Athlone Dam, Bankfontein Dam, Kruger Dam,Loskop Dam. Middelburg Dam, Pienaar Dam


Blue Drop Score 2014: Middelburg Mhluzi 97.63%;  Hendrina 99.07%,  Hendrina Pullenshope Power Station 95.27%, , Komati Power Station 97.36%


Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012: 97.35% 
Middelburg Mhluzi,  Hendrina STLM,  Hendrina Power Station, Arnot Power Station, Komati Power Station, Doornkop 1&2
Regulatory Impression:  The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, together with Eskom continues to impress with its diligent pursuit towards excellent performance. Both Institutions was found to manage drinking water quality in an excellent manner. This ensured the allocation of Blue Drop certification in 6 of the 8 water supply systems. The Department wishes to congratulate these Institutions on this prestigious achievement the third year in succession. This is substantiated by the awards from the Minister of Department of Water Affairs that the Municipality received the previous cycle: The Best Working Team, the best Municipality in Mpumalanga and got the 3rd position nationally. Well done team and keep up the momentum. The Department wish to applaud this approach. There however remains room for improvement since there is a slight decline in the score for Kranspoort Vakansie Dorp water supply system (2011, 90.26% to 2012, 60.94%). It is required that attention is given to the review of the water safety plan to ensure that the monitoring programme is according to the risk based water safety planning process. The registration of the Process Controllers to comply in terms of Regulation 2834 as well as the service level agreements or institutional arrangements must be put in place.  (Ref 6)

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Middelburg Mhluzi, Hendrina STLM, Middelburg Mine, Kranspoort Vakansie Dorp

Hendrina Power Station,  Arnot Power Station, Komati Power Station, Doornkop 1&2 


Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011: 96.51% 
Hendrina, Arnot/Rietkuil, Middelburg, Mhluzi, Presidentsrus, Hendrina, Doorenkop 1&2
Regulatory Impression:  Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM), assisted by the noted Water Services Providers (WSP’s) performed exceptionally well during the 2011 Blue Drop assessments. The municipality and WSP’s managed to uphold their Blue Drop certification status in various supply systems. Management and technical teams of the WSA and WSP’s are applauded for continued passion and commitment. The Department encourages both the WSP and WSA to maintain the Blue Drop Certification status. (Ref 4)

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Hendrina Arnot/Reitkuil  Komati Blinkpan  Middelburg & Mhluzi 

Presidentsrus Hendrina (STLM) Doorenkop 1&2   Kraanspoort  Middleburg Mine 


Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 92.2% 
  Arnot/Rietkuil ; Komati/Blinkpan
Regulatory Impression:  It was an exceptional performance by the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality team responsible for drinking water quality management. This performance should serve as example to many other municipalities on how a negative 2009 report was used as fuel for motivation towards excellence. The participation of Water Services Intermediaries (e.g. ESKOM and Mines) is exemplary and serves as evidence of a unified objective. The Blue Drop Certification for 4 water supply systems is thoroughly deserved.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance Table 1 Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance Table 2
 2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  Excellent progress is noted for Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Despite the reported and widely published challenges that the WSA faced during 2011 regarding the Boskrans upgrade, the municipality managed to move the CRR slightly downwards. This can only be attributed to a strong and dedicated team who is determined to make a different. Kwazamokohle/ Hendrina lead the way in effluent quality compliance, even though in future the effluent data must be confirmed against the special limits at some of the plants. This Department is convinced that  the Municipality will do the utmost best to achieve the specified standards. The risk rating of the three plants reside in the medium risk while one plant (Boskrans) has some way to go to improve on its WW quality compliance and still reside in the medium risk category. (Ref 7)


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Middleburg/Boskrans/Mhluzi, Kwazamokuhle/Hendrina,Komati, Mine Villagers/Blinkpan

Risk Trend Analysis

 2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11:  76.1%

Regulatory Impression:  The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality has improved markedly since the 2009 Green Drop status and achieved a municipal score 76.1% in 2010/11. The WSAs performance is considered very good and meet most of the requirements of the regulation programme. The assessors were impressed with the efforts of the team, lead by knowledgeable and hands-on management. The municipal portfolio of evidence confirmed good practice in terms of Asset management, GDS submission of results and the availability of registered technical staff and O&M manuals. The training initiatives over the past year are commendable. The incorporation of a risk-based approach is noted and development thereof will be followed at the upcoming GDC cycle. As Steve Tshwete is committed to achieve Green Drop status in the future, it makes for a meaningful exercise to analyse the remaining gaps in wastewater service delivery. The most prominent gaps are observed for effluent quality compliance, with the exception of Kwazamokuhle (Hendrina) which achieved 100% compliance. Further gaps are presented by monitoring regimes (especially process, sludge and catchment related), Bylaw implementation and failure response management. The Hendrina plant has reached its design capacity and this aspect must be addressed. Analysis of the risk profiles of the treatment plant indicates that all treatment plants reside in low and medium risk space. However, attention should be given to the increased risk trends for 3 of the 4 plants (↑). The overall regulatory view is that the municipal services are managed with diligence and responsible care, and that continued progress can be expected from Steve Tshwete. (Ref 5)


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Middleburg/Boskrans/Mhluzi, Kwazamokuhle/Hendrina,Komati, Mine Villagers/Blinkpan

 2009 Green Drop Score 2009
  • Average Green Drop Score:  11%

Regulatory Impression:  In terms of the overall Green Drop Assessment, the Municipalities are performing very poorly. Generic improvement areas for all the works are compliance in terms of: Process Controlling Skills levels, Monitoring Programme Efficiency (Belfastneedsonly minor improvements), WWQ compliance, Management response to wastewater failures ,and Management planning relating to the WWTW capacity. (Ref3)


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Steve Tshwete 2009

Thembisile Hani
Top Tel. No. 013 986 0980 / 2 / 3
Fax No. 013 986 0995
Address Stand 24 Kwaggafontein C, Private Bag X4041, eMpumalanga, 0458
Towns: Kwaggafontein, Kwamhlanga, Moloto, Sehlakwana, Sybrandskraal,  Tweefontein, Vrischgewaagd, Wolvenkop
Water tariffs:



Municipal Blue Drop Score 2012:  78.3% 
Regulatory Impression:  Thembisile Local Municipality together with Rand Water and Lekwa Local Municipality performed very well. Although the Department notes a significance increase in the overall drinking water quality (DWQ) management performance of the Thembisile Local Municipality as indicated by the 2012 Blue Drop score, the increase in registered supply system imply that the DWA could perform a more focussed, system specific assessment. This allowed for improved identification of problem areas. However, DWA Inspectors noted other systems that are not registered on the BDS while reviewing the water safety plan and this caused confusion to the Inspectors. This qualifies an investigation that needs to be carried out by the Municipality to properly demarcate the water supply systems. Information provided by Rand Water as bulk supplier equates most of the score awarded to the municipality per criterion. Amongst other, the Municipality is urged to improve on the following: water safety plan, adequate information to asset management, treatment process management, operational and maintenance practices at the treatment plants, as well as proof of performance publication. Attention must be given to the skills and qualification of those responsible for process controlling.  (Ref 6)

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Thembisile, Machipe


Municipal Blue Drop Score 2011:  27.77% 
Regulatory Impression:  Requesting the Municipality to make information available, made it impossible to adequately assess the drinking water quality (DWQ) management performance of the municipality. Representation from the WSA furthermore arrived only after the scheduled time for the confirmation session (@ 17H00). The official had no information to present to DWA. Concertedly, DWA still had no information on the business of the WSA even after a third provision was set to submit data. The Municipality must note that the Blue Drop evaluations, as incentive-based regulation of DWA, it compulsory. Water Service Authorities and Water Service Providers are compelled under law to provide the necessary information required to do a proper analysis on the quality of the water services. Refer to the following Sections of the Water Services Act (Act 109 or 1997) for clarity on:
  • Section 19: Institutional arrangements

  • Section 23: responsibility to reveal information

  • Section 62: Right to regulate

  • Section 82: Offence to withhold information.

NB: In light of the above-mentioned, the Thembisile LM is requested to submit a Corrective Action Plan to the Department within 30 days of release of the Blue Drop Report. (Ref 4)

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Municipal Blue Drop Score 2010 : 37.8% 

Regulatory Impression:  The Department notes a valiant effort to get Blue Drop requirements in place, which is rather promising. Yet the 2010 Blue Drop performance is not up to standard and further improvement are required in line with this report card.

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Water Supply Systems Blue Drop Performance

 2012 Green Drop Risk Assessment 

Regulatory Impression:  The risk rating for the three plants decreased which reflect positive change and progress. Unfortunately, two of the 3 plant remain in high risk category. The Department noted the progress and effort of the WSA to commence with the upgrading of different processes at Tweefontein WWTWs and the plant moved from medium to low risk category. CRR Extensive corrective actions are being undertaken at Tweefontein but the other 2 plants with a GD score in the 20%+ have demonstrated improvement for GD criteria 2, 3 and 5. The installation and measurement of inflow meters at KwaMhlanga plants will improve the CRR and risk rating and score better against GD criteria 9. The municipality is however required to monitor effluent quality on a regular basis. There is also need for wastewater quality results to be reported to the Department of Water Affairs encourages the Municipality to report results to the Department as legally required to do so on regular basis (monthly basis) via the Green Drop System (GDS) to ensure continuous management of information. The Municipality is also advised to capacitate the Process Controllers and be classified in terms of Regulation 2834. (Ref 7)


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Tweefontein, Kwalanga East, Kwalanga West

Risk Trend Analysis 2008-2012

 2010/11 Green Drop Score 2010/11:  29.6%

Regulatory Impression:  The Thembisile Hani Local Municipality has performed unsatisfactory, indicating the wastewater services are not meeting the expectations of the regulation programme. The Green Drop requirements are largely not met and result in a low overall municipal score for Thembisile Hani (29.6%).The wastewater services are marked by a low level of planning, asset management, bylaws enforcement and effluent monitoring and compliance. These areas are compounded by the lack of technical and management expertise. On a positive note, the WSA took the 1st step to submit evidence for assessment against the stringent Green Drop requirements. These findings present the municipality with a valuable opportunity to identify the main gaps and work towards a gradual and sustainable improvement of wastewater services in Thembisile Hani. Analysis of the risk profiles of the treatment plants indicate that the Kwalanga East and West plants are in high risk space. A positive reference point is however that all plants show a trend of reduced risk over the past year. This trend can continue should the municipality prioritise flow monitoring and improving the quality of effluent discharge. (Ref 5)


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Tweefontein, Kwalanga East, Kwalanga West

Ref 1 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Blue Drop Report 2009_ Version 1
Ref 3 Department Water and Environmental Affairs: : Green Drop Report 2009_ Version 1
Ref 4 Department Water Affairs: : Blue Drop Report 2011
Ref 5 Department Water Affairs: : Green Drop Report 2010/11
Ref 6 Department WaterAffairs: :Blue Drop Report 2012
Ref 7 Department WaterAffairs: :Green Drop Progress 2012