Michael John Webster

Director, Water and Sanitation in the City of Cape Town

Michael John Webster

Director, Water and Sanitation in the City of Cape Town

Biography

Mike Webster is the Director, Water and Sanitation in the City of Cape Town.  The Director leads the Department that is responsible for the full water cycle from “source to tap” and back to the environment. The department serves the 4 million people of Cape Town through 650,000 connections and 20,000 km of pipeline. The department has a staff of over 4,000, an annual operating budget of R7.5 billion and a capital budget of R1.5 billion.

Prior to joining the City of Cape Town, Mike worked for the World Bank for 17 years as a water and sanitation specialist based in Washington DC.  He joined the Bank through the Young Professionals Programme and worked in operations in South Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa with field assignments in Delhi and Harare.  Mike was Task Team Leader for over 20 investment operations in water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, municipal services, rural infrastructure, environmental protection and urban upgrading.

Mike graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Cape Town in 1990 and went on to do an MSc in engineering at Loughborough University and a Master’s in Public Policy at Princeton University.