Department Of Water And Sanitation Minister, Mr Gugile Nkwinti is currently serving as the Minister of Water and Sanitation, having previously served as the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform from 2009. He was born on 18 December 1948.
He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London and a Bachelor of Administration degree specialising in Political Science, Public Administration and Applied Economics from the University of South Africa.
Prior to his appointment as a Minister, he was Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature from 1994 to 1999, MEC for Housing and Local Government 1999 to 2005 and MEC for Agriculture in the Eastern Cape from 2005 to 2009.
The mission of the Department of Water and Sanitation is to serve the people of South Africa by: making a positive impact on the country and its people as custodians of its water and sanitation resources, and as innovative and committed partners in the drive for sustainable development; being service- and delivery-orientated; leading its sector and enabling partners with the knowledge and capacity to ensure that all water services are delivered; being committed to innovation and using cutting-edge technology as a catalyst for positive change, connecting its people and enabling them to work anywhere, anytime; and having a heart that values its investment in its people. The Department provides them with a caring and trusting environment that encourages personal development and is a breeding ground for talent.
The Department’s strategic goals are: to be an efficient, effective and development-orientated sector leader; equitable and sustainable provision of raw water; provision of equitable and sustainable water services of acceptable quantity and quality; and protection of freshwater ecosystems.