SADC member states for improved water access

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged governments to do more to translate its various policies on water into action to ensure that citizens have access to clean and potable water.

Phera Ramoeli Phera Ramoeli

Speaking at the opening of the SADC National Water Week in Lilongwe, the organisations Head of Water Sector called on the region to promote infrastructure development to help it move from being dependent and cushion itself against effects of climate change.


Head of the SADC Water Sector Phera Ramoeli cited instruments such as the African Water Vision for Life and SADC Water Vision and appealed to respective governments to do more to ensure availability of water to its citizens.

“We have to move from these visions and policies to action on the ground. Building dams, boreholes, barrages in articulating water supply to people. We need to act now,” Ramoeli said.

He also appealed to the media to incorporate and promote gender issues to guide policymakers in their actions and strategies.

SADC National Water Week provides an opportunity for countries to focus on raising awareness on the region’s water programmes for better and improved water resource management and development.

Throughout 2015, SADC will launch national water weeks in each of its 15 member states and Malawi is hosting the SADC national week whose focus is on mainstreaming gender in water issues.

Whilst acknowledging water shortages in the country, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza assured that Malawi government is working hard to address the challenges rocking the water sector.

The Minister said the recent flood disaster which affected the country’s 15 districts should act as a wake-up call for players to change their approach on issues of water.

“As a country we can’t solve the problem of water shortages in a day but we are trying as much as possible to improve the situation,” Chiyembekeza said.

The SADC National Water Week is being held under the theme “from Vision to action”.

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