South Africa, Zimbabwe ink MoU on water and sanitation

South Africa, Zimbabwe ink MoU on water and sanitation

The governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) set to address water scarcity challenges in the two regions.

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MoU’s objective

The agreement sealed between South Africa’s Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu and his Zimbabwean counterpart Anxious Jongwe Masuka, lands, agriculture, fisheries and rural development Minister facilitates the transfer of treated water from the Beitbridge Water Treatment Plant in Zimbabwe to Musina in South Africa. This transfer amounts to approximately 15 million cubic meters per annum, which is crucial for addressing water needs in the region.

Musina Municipality, which stands to benefit from this agreement is one of the hottest and driest in the world, with very limited surface water sources, so its inhabitants are largely dependent on groundwater for their daily lives.

In addition to the MoU, the officials will also sign the modified Limcom agreement. This agreement aims to facilitate integrated trans boundary river basin management for the sustainable development of the Limpopo River Basin. The basin’s waters are vital for various sectors, including agriculture, tourism, power generation, and domestic use.

By promoting cooperation and joint management of water resources, the agreements seek to support sustainable development in the region. Effective water management is crucial for ensuring the availability of water for current and future generations while supporting economic activities and environmental conservation efforts.