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South Africa: The Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane will visit Zimbabwe

2014/12/15

South Africa and Zimbabwe are set to sign a Water Bilateral Agreement on Friday 12 December, which will see additional water being brought into the country.

The Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane will visit Zimbabwe primarily to attend the Signing Ceremony of the Certified Agreement on the Cooperation on Water Resources Management.

The conference will as well look at the Establishment and Functioning of The Joint Water Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The signing ceremony between these two nations follows a joint agreement by both respective governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe to undertake a technical study to evaluate the possible water resource developments and transfer options of water from Zimbabwe to South Africa.

The two nations thus opted to sign an Agreement last month, November 2014, next deliberating and agreeing on constructing a pipeline that will draw water from Zambezi River to Cowdray Park in Bulawayo, again right through to South Africa.

The agreement will adopt a three-phased approach. The initial is to determine the viability of water resource development options at reconnaissance level taking into account the new data on hydrology and environmental needs inclunding identifying options for such water supplies.

Phase 2 is the pre-feasibility study of the preferred options identified in Phase 1 while Phase 3 will be centred on the feasibility study of the preferred options from Phase 2.
The Joint Water Commission

The two nations recently entered into an agreement of Co-operation on Water Resources Management and the Establishment of the Joint Water Commission (JWC) to be referred as the ZimbabweSouth Africa JWC (ZRSA JWC).

The function of the established Joint Study Management Committee (JSMC) is to coordinate the implementation of the project.

The objective of the JSMC is to act on behalf of the parties in all matters relating to the oversight and management of the study, submit a statement with recommendations to the parties upon finalisation of each phase of the study, and develop the Terms of Reference for each phase of the study.

The nations have as well agreed that the decisions of the JSMC will be taken by consensus.

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