ZAMBIA/MAURITIUS: SADC Approves Two Water and Sanitation Projects

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ZAMBIA/MAURITIUS: SADC Approves Two Water and Sanitation Projects ©Kekyalyaynen/Shutterstock

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPDF) is validating 12 regional projects in several sectors, including water and sanitation. These projects are funded by the European Union (EU) and Kreditanstaltfür Wiederaufbau (KfW).

Among the initiatives approved by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is the Kazungula Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Zambia. The project is being implemented by the Southern Water and Sanitation Company (SWSC) under a contract worth over US$8 million.

The European Union (EU) and Kreditanstaltfür Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, are financing the project, which is scheduled to start in October 2022. The work will involve the construction of a water intake on the Zambezi River, a bulk water main connected to a new drinking water plant. A slow sand filter water treatment plant will also be constructed, as well as booster pumping stations, reinforced concrete tanks and reticulation networks.

The Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPDF), SADC’s regional development finance facility, with its US$20.2 million portfolio, is also approving the project to build two plants in Mauritius, one for wastewater pumping and the other for effluent treatment. The EU and KfW are also financing this project, as well as the 10 other initiatives recently approved by the PPDF.

Read also – AFRICA: Water and sanitation security today, a necessity!

In the power sector, several projects have also been approved, including the construction of the second Alaska-Sherwood power line in Zimbabwe, the Angola-Namibia transmission interconnection and the construction of the 1,000 MW Luapula hydroelectric dam between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia.

The 280 MW Mulembo Leyla hydropower project in Zambia, the development of guidelines and standards for renewable energy projects, and the establishment of a financing and incentive strategy in Mauritius are also among the 12 regional projects validated under the PPDF.

Inès Magoum

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