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SA and Zimbabwe sign water supply agreement

Zimbabwe and South Africa on Thursday, 14 March, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at addressing water scarcity in Musina.

The agreement focuses on water supply from Beitbridge—a town in Zimbabwe—to Musina, a neighbouring town in South Africa.

According to ZimLive, the MoU was formalized between Zimbabwe’s Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Rural Development, Anxious Masuka, and South Africa’s Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu.

The MoU allows for the transfer of approximately 15 million cubic meters of treated water per day from the Beitbridge water treatment works in Zimbabwe to Musina in South Africa. This will be facilitated through a 20-kilometer pipeline.

Zim and South Africa sign water supply agreementZim and South Africa sign water supply agreement

Musina, with an estimated population of 132,000 residing in 192 villages, faces challenges due to limited water sources. Currently, the town relies on borehole water.

South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation stated that the deal would significantly augment the water supply in Musina.

The freshwater from Beitbridge WTW will help alleviate water shortages in the town.

The Beitbridge Water Treatment Plant can produce 35 million cubic meters per annum (96 Ml/day). However, this capacity is currently not fully utilized within Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa are all members of the Limpopo Watercourse Commission, an organization established to manage shared water resources among these four countries.

This collaborative effort aims to address water security challenges and enhance cooperation in managing vital water resources across borders.

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