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Mhlathuze Water (MW)
is a state-owned entity
established in 1980

It reports to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. It is based in Richards Bay and operates in the Province of KwaZulu Natal. The entity predominantly operates in the uMkhanyakude, King Cetshwayo and Zululand District Municipalities but has plans to expand beyond these geographies.

Mhlathuze Water is supplied by three dominant water sources namely: Mhlathuze River, Lake Mzingazi and Lake Nsezi. The organization’s business activities include raw (untreated), clarified (partially treated) and purified water supply; disposal of industrial and domestic waste water; and scientific services The organisation provides these bulk water services in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

The organisation’s major clients include: Foskor, Richards Bay Minerals, City of uMhlathuze and Mondi.

Mhlathuze Water strives to achieve its role as a water board by being a responsible bulk water service provider in terms of the Water Services Act, 1997 No. 108 of 1997, and by supporting and assisting local water service authorities with planning, development, operations and maintenance of water services schemes.

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Minister of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in terms of the Water Services Act, 1997 (Act 108 of 1997). The Minister appointed 11 members of the Board on 05 December 2018.

The Primary role of the Board is to ensure that MW succeeds in discharging its mandate as a water board in accordance with the Water Services Act, in a manner that complies fully with all relevant legislative requirements. The Board ensures that Mhlathuze Water’s overall governance is effective, appropriate and within the bounds of sound corporate governance practices.

Furthermore, the Board is entrusted with a responsibility to provide effective ethical leadership and control, based on a foundation of integrity, competence responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency. This is achieved through steering the strategic direction (vision and mission), with regards to the organisation’s strategy and exercising accountability to the shareholders.

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Ms Thabi Shange Board Chairperson
Mr Zwelakhe Hlophe Deputy Chaiperson, Audit, Risk and Finance and
Service Delivery Committees
Dr Mosidi Makgae Service Delivery Committee and HR & Remco
VACANT Member of Social and Ethics Commitee as well
Mr Musa Xulu Audit, Risk and Finance and Social and Ethics Committees
Mr Mzothule Zikalala Service Delivery and Social and Ethics Committees
Mrs Glory Biyela Social and Ethics Committee and HR & REMCO
Ms Amita Badul Member of Audit, Risk and Finance and
Service Delivery Committees
Ms Nica Gevers Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and HR & REMCO
Ms Nothando Mkhize Service Delivery and Social and Ethics Committees
Prof. Purshottamma Reddy Audit, Risk and Finance and HR & REMCO

Executive Committee

The day-to-day running of the organisation is delegated by the Board to the Chief Executive Officer who is assisted by the Executives, each heading up the various departments within Mhlathuze Water. The Executive Committee (EXCO) is the highest decision-making structure in the organisation which plays an important role in the formulation and implementation of the Board’s strategy and ensuring that all business activities are aligned.

Ms Phetsile Magagula Interim Chief Financial Officer
Ms Moketenyane Moleko GM - Corporate Services
Mr Swaswa Ntlhoro General Manager: Scientific Services
Mr PJ Maponya General Manager: Operations
Miss Simangele Mbatha Company Secretary

Corporate Social Investment

One of Mhlathuze
Water’s core values is

Cognisant of the need to give back to the areas within which we operate, Mhlathuze Water has in place a corporate social investment (CSI) programme which aims to positively influence socio-economic development, bring about change and sustainably empower communities.

Mhlathuze Water hands over an ablution refurbishment project to Nguluzana Primary School in Nseleni. The project cost close to R1 Million
and brough relief to learners and teachers alike who previously did not have enough ablution facilities.

Through its CSI programme, Mhlathuze Water seeks to support initiatives that are embedded in education, supply of portable water, skills and economic development as well as sports development

Mhlathuze Water’s initiatives and programmes have a strong focus on the following beneficiaries: rural, semi-urban and previously disadvantaged communities within our area of operation which includes: the King Cetshwayo District Municipality, uMkhanyakude District Municipality and the Zululand District Municipality.

Women, children and youth (aged between 18-35) are our particular focus.

Our Clients

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