25 September 2020
Water Utilities Corporation 50th Anniversary
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Artist: Shathani Basupi
Process: Four Colour Process
Paper format: 105gsm NovaStamp Non-Phosphor Gummed, four process colours
Sheet: 2 x 20 panes (stamp size 30mm x 40mm)
Miniature sheet: 110mm x 80mm
Denominations: P5.00, P7.00
FDC: foiled and embossed
Established in 1970 by an Act of Parliament (Laws of Botswana Cap 74:02), Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) is a parastatal organisation wholly owned by the Government of Botswana. Upon establishment, it was mandated to manage a single project for the supply and distribution of water to what was then called the Shashe Development Area.
The mandate involved planning, constructing, operating, treating, maintaining and distributing water resources in the country’s urban centres and other areas as mandated by the Botswana Government. It also involved the supply of bulk water to the then Department of Water Affairs and various Local Authorities for onward distribution to villages and settlements in the country.
Between 2009 and 2013, the water sector was restructured. Resultantly, the Corporation was given a new mandate to supply potable water to all urban centres and villages in the country, as well as to manage wastewater and sanitation services. The rationalisation programme, dubbed Water Sector Reforms (WSR), resulted from a study to rationalise the water sector in Botswana and ensure uniform service levels. The provision of uniform service levels as well as the upgrading of water infrastructure, however, remain a long-term assignment that the Corporation is pursuing.
The WSR commencement and implementation increased the Corporation’s customer base from 80,000 in 2009, when the programme began, to over 400,000 to date.
The Corporation has an asset base valued at over P8 billion which comprises nine dams: Gaborone, Nnywane, Bokaa, Shashe, Letsibogo, Ntimbale, Dikgatlhong, Thune and Lotsane. The Corporation also owns the North South Carrier Scheme I (NSCI), which includes a 360 km long pipeline, water treatment plants, associated pump stations and break-pressure tanks. Other assets include wastewater treatment facilities.
About the Artist:
Shathani Basupi hails from Mathangwane village in Botswana. He is a Creative Designer by profession. He acquired a BA(hons) in Creative Multimedia from Limkokwing Botswana.
He started designing as early as his junior level at Selepa in his Design & Technology classes. Shathani is eager to learn new things from his day to day endeavours and he is always result oriented.