South Africa: Minister Nomvula Mokonyane Signs Water Cooperation Agreement With Italian Republic

The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, on behalf of the South African Government signed a landmark Water Cooperation Agreement with the Italian Republic today at Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Rosebank.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed today, saw both countries committing themselves to developing initiatives aimed at reducing climate change through provision of sustainable and integrated water a resources. Part of the agreement is that both South Africa and Italy will ensure education, training and research in the fields of water quality enhancement, water resource management, water service management and rural sanitation technology.

During the signing ceremony, Minister Mokonyane expressed her excitement, saying this agreement will ensure that both countries share knowledge expertise to fight climate change.

“Our partnership with the Italians is aimed at assisting us strengthen our waste water treatment capacity as well as rural, urban onsite and offsite sanitation systems. We have also agreed to cooperation in integrated water management solutions including the reuse of waste water for material and energy recovery. Given our current water challenges as a result of drought, water management is a critical resource and tool required by our government,” she said.

She said the main objective of the South African government is to ensure that poverty is eradicated, inequalities are reduced and that employment opportunities are created.

Source: South Africa Government