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Magalies Water Vindicated by BCCSA Ruling Against SABC News

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In response to a recent judgement by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), Magalies Water has expressed its satisfaction with the ruling in its favor against SABC News.

 

The dispute stemmed from a news report broadcast on June 21, 2023, which alleged water quality non-compliances at the Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant. Magalies Water, responsible for managing and operating the plant on behalf of the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM), released a statement on Monday addressing the issue.

While Magalies Water acknowledged the previous operational challenges that affected water quality output before assuming control of the plant, significant improvements have been made. Through collaboration and efficient management, many of the identified challenges have been resolved. As the asset owner, the NMMDM has continued its working relationship with Magalies Water, ensuring that residents receive this vital service.

The Department of Water and Sanitation, acting as the accounting authority, has been updated on the progress made, including the resolution of any water quality non-compliances. Magalies Water’s Scientific Services, which operates an accredited scientific laboratory, ensures that the water treatment process meets the highest quality standards and poses no health risks to consumers. Regular monitoring and testing are conducted to identify and resolve any non-compliances promptly.

According to Magalies Water, the BCCSA ruling found that SABC News failed to comply with Section 12(3) of the code of conduct. This section requires broadcasters to indicate if a person or party whose issues are being discussed was unable to provide a response or their response had not reached the broadcaster at the time of the program. SABC News has been reprimanded in accordance with the ruling.

Magalies Water’s Chief Executive, Sandile Mkhize, stated that the judgement vindicates the water utility’s position and upholds its reputation as a reputable bulk water services provider. Mkhize emphasized the importance of responsible journalism, urging media outlets to prioritize fairness and accuracy in their reporting.

Overall, Magalies Water is pleased with the outcome of the BCCSA ruling and hopes that it will bring clarity and reassurance to the public regarding the water quality at the Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant.

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