Rand Water pulls the chain

Rand Water pulls the chain The Board of Rand Water, largest water utility in the Southern Hemisphere, and supplier of drinking water to Gauteng, last year became “dysfunctional and useless” following “disruptive and destructive behaviour” by two non-executive directors – or so its chairperson Jean Ngubane reported to then Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

The parastatal’s 2006 Annual Report simply states “resigned” under the names of David Dalling and Phiroshaw Camay. This was a lie – both directors were summarily dismissed without explanation by Minister Sonjica on 14 February 2006.

Insiders at Rand Water believe that once Ngubane became chairperson, a clash between her and the fired directors was inevitable. The issue that triggered their fallout was the issue of HIV/Aids testing for Rand Water's 3000 staff members.

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