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South Africa, China Pen Deal on Water Resources

  • South Africa/China, September 10, 2018: South Africa and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of water resources, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti in Beijing, China’s capital.

    The MoU seeks to establish and reinforce co-operation between South Africa and China on the efficient utilisation, management and sustainable development of water resources, including establishing a long-term co-operative relationship on the basis of equity and mutual benefit, the minister’s office said.

    In the deal that Nkwiti signed with China’s Water Resources Minister E. Jingping, the two governments have agreed on areas of co-operation. These include enacting and implementation of water policies, laws and regulations; integrated management and utilisation of water resources and comprehensive river basin planning, the minister said.

    Other areas of cooperation are comprehensive utilisation of rain water; and planning, designing, construction, operation and maintenance of water-related infrastructures, the minister said.

    Apart from the above, the areas of co-operation include small hydropower development; hydrology and water resources monitoring; groundwater utilisation, protection and management; flood control, drought relief and disaster mitigation.

    Cooperating in mitigating the impact of climate change impacts on water resources and countermeasures; coordination and cooperation in international water events; training and capacity building; as well as other fields of mutual interests are also part of the accord, according to the MoU.

    The working agreement between the two countries came during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State Visit to the People’s Republic of China as part of his investment drive.

    To ensure that the MoU is implemented accordingly, a Joint Steering Committee for Cooperation on Water Resources Management has been established and will be co-chaired by heads of the competent authorities, the minister said.