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South Africa and Zimbabwe Seal Water Transfer Deal to Quench Thirst of Musina

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South Africa and Zimbabwe Set to Sign Historic Water Transfer MOU

South Africa and Zimbabwe

In a landmark agreement that promises to quench the thirst of drought-stricken Musina, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka, have inked a deal for the transfer of treated water from Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge Water Treatment Works to the Limpopo town.

This water transfer pact stems from the 2015 bilateral agreement for cooperation on water resources management and the ensuing Joint Water Commission. It is envisioned as a medium-term panacea for the parched lands of Musina, which has long suffered from inadequate water supplies.

Despite a hefty capacity of 35 million cubic metres per year at the Beitbridge Water Treatment Plant, Zimbabwe currently exploits merely 10% for Beitbridge town’s consumption — a surplus that’s now set to benefit the people across the border.

“The quantities to be transferred are well above Musina’s existing demand, and we truly believe this will alleviate the town’s water supply challenges,” Minister Mchunu affirmed, reflecting on the positive impact anticipated for the local communities.

With this new deal, the details reveal plans to dispatch 15 million cubic metres of treated water annually through a network of pipelines and pumping stations, all undertaken by the South African Development Bank and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority. The infrastructure is set to be completed by the year 2026.

Mchunu also stressed the importance of meeting the stringent water quality standards of South Africa (SANS 241), thereby ensuring the water’s safety for the population of Musina.

While awaiting the fruition of this project, Mchunu underscored ongoing interim efforts in collaboration with the Vhembe District Municipality. “We are looking at operationalising the non-functioning boreholes in Musina and we believe that with the transfer of water from Beitbridge Water Treatment Works, the challenges of water supply in Musina will be a thing of the past,” he said, recognising the urgent need for current water infrastructure rehabilitation.

The Zimbabwean Ministry’s eagerness to solidify this cooperative venture was also evident. “I am very pleased that this day has come to fruition,” Dr Masuka declared, commending the perseverance and dedication of the technical teams from both nations.

The initiatives and plans to safeguard the water supply for Musina were further discussed in an imbizo involving Minister Mchunu, Deputy Minister Judith Tshabalala, and local municipal leadership.

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