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Blue Deal SA Project signed with Netherlands

05 March 2020

Mr Han Peters, Ambassador of the Netherlands to South Africa and Ms Lindiwe Sisulu , SA Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, officially signed a Blue Deal South Africa Project. The Blue Deal aims to enhance access to sufficient, clean and safe water for all.

Photo: (l-r) Mr Hein Pieper, Vice-president of the Union of Water Councils (NL), Mr Han Peters, Ambsassador of Netherlands in SA, Mrs Lindiwe Sisulu, SA Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and  Mr Mbulelo Tshangana, Director General of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

The cooperation between the South African Water Institutions and the Dutch Water authorities started 15 years ago, and it operates under a Memorandum of Understanding between the South African Department of Water and Sanitation and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The Dutch Water Authorities supports water management worldwide to strengthen Integrated Water Resource Management by exchanging knowledge and experiences and to assist the national, regional and local organisations and cooperate with key stakeholders.

The goal of the Blue Deal is to assist 20 million people in 40 catchment areas around the world to gain access to clean, sufficient and safe water.

The Blue Deal South Africa Programme is based on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NW&SMP) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the programme aims to make a real contribution to improving rivers and wetlands in a poor ecological condition and assisting in the Water Conservation.

The proposed impact for the Blue Deal South Africa Programme is to assist 2.5 million people in South Africa to get better access to clean and sufficient water by end of 2030. The programme will contribute noticeably to the goals of South African NW&SMP. Among the goals, the following are targeted are safe sanitation for 14.1 million people and the wastewater effluent quality which currently impacts on clean water affecting 25 million South Africans.

There are four Blue Deal Projects that have been identified for the period of 2019-2022. They will focus on a specific local, regional situation whereby challenges will be identified and the involved parties will collaborate to find and implement integrated solutions.

The projects are:
•    Combatting pollution in Crocodile River: The outcome of the project is an improvement of the Crocodile River so that the 1.5 million people around the river will benefit from cleaner and more usable water.
•    Improvement of water quality of the Vaal River: The outcome of this project wil be that 50 000 people in the Parys area will have an improved water quality of the Vaal River. The downstream population will also benefit from the improved quality of the Vaal as a reliable source for the water services.
•    Blesbok Ramsar Site Rehabilitation: The outcome of this project is an improvement of the water quality for Ekurhuleni with a population of 3.4 million people.
•    Improvement of water quality in Msunduzi River: The outcome of this project will be that the water quality and usability of the Msunduzi River will be improved for the 1.1 million people around the river and the 3,4 million people in the downstream area of eThekwini.

Embassy of Netherlands and SA Department of Water & Sanitation





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