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Vice-Chancellor’s Circular on the Establishment of an Emergency Water Action Team

Date Released: Mon, 19 August 2013 11:48 +0200

19 August 2013

Yesterday (Sunday, 18 August 2013) there was again a problem with water supply, due to a faulty pump at Waainek. No sooner had water begun to flow, supply to a few residences was interrupted.

Water problems are likely to be a recurring issue until there is a comprehensive Municipality plan for water security in Makana. The University will continue to engage the Municipality vigorously in this regard.

I have already appointed two Special Assistants to the Vice-Chancellor, who have been mandated to devise a comprehensive water emergency plan for the University, effective whenever immediate interventions may be needed, and propose short-, medium- and long-term  interventions.

Alongside, I have established an Emergency Water Action Team, which will kick into action as soon as a water outage occurs or there is a water problem of any kind.

This EWAT will address and manage all issues from the start to the end of any water problem or emergency. The EWAT will comprise:

  • The ED: Infrastructure, Operations and Finance (Convenor) or his nominee
  • The Deputy Director: Facilities Services
  • The Deputy Director: Residential Operations (if residences and halls are affected)
  • The Dean of Students (if residences and halls are affected)
  • A representative of the Communication and Marketing Division
  • Relevant wardens (if residences and halls are affected)
  • Additional  relevant coopted members
  • The Special Assistants to the Vice-Chancellor (should the EWAT meet while the Special Assistants are undertaking their work).