After numerous complaints┬á raised by members of the public┬á over imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on water bills, the government┬á has acceded┬á to the demands that VAT┬á should not┬á be imposed┬á on water bills as it is a necessity.
Water Utilities Corporation (WUC), which is responsible┬á for distribution of water in the country, has issued a press release stating that following┬á complaints about consumers┬á being charged the tax water , it has┬á decided “on subsidising customers┬á for VAT on┬á water┬á bills for consumption┬á of 500 liters and below from 1 June, 2011”.
Imposition of VAT on consumption water was, besides the members of the public, condemned by┬áacademics┬áand┬á members of opposition parties who said that┬á it will hurt the less privileged of our society┬á more.
But, on the other hand , the ┬áMinister of Water Affairs and┬á Energy, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, supported the move saying ┬áit was aimed at┬á raising money for the multi billion dams constructions that are currently being ┬áconstructed ┬áin the northern parts of the country ┬áto provide water in the southern parts .
A multi billion pula┬á dam is currently being constructed in Dikgatlhong ┬áby Sino Hydro construction company.
The project has been dogged by problems as it┬á is reported to be running┬á behind schedule. Besides that,┬á its ┬álocal constructors have at one stage downed tools┬á on accusations that they were┬á not paid all ┬áwhat was due to them and poor working relations in general.
Besides the construction of the dam, tendering is currently taking place for a multi-billion north-south water carrier project. When the project is finally completed,┬á it is hoped that┬á major villages in the southern part of Botswana, such as Molepolole and┬á Kanye, which currently depend on boreholes, will benefit from the project.