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SA yet to sign agreement on Lesotho water project

The project will be Africa’s largest water transfer scheme.

The Lesotho Highlands water project. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While water restrictions continue in some parts in the country due to the ongoing drought and old infrastructure, there have already been warnings about delays in completing the Lesotho Highlands Project.

The project will be Africa's largest water transfer scheme and will see the use of rivers and tunnels to supply South Africa with the precious resource.

But former Water Affairs Director and Wits academic Mike Muller said the dams can't be completed because contracts to build roads have not yet been awarded.

"It doesn't seem to be any urgency and the point is that the Lesotho authorities have got their structures in place, they're ready to go.

"But correctly they can't spend the money until South Africa agrees because we going to be paying for it. And the approval has been waiting for the minister to sign for four months."

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