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ESWATINI/MOZ E170M WATER PROJECT

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MBABANE – An investment consultancy business opportunity has been presented for the Lomahasha Namaacha (LoNa) Water Supply project.


The desired consultant, who is expected to have made submissions by July 31, will among other duties be expected to review all available information including master plans and studies, previously implemented and intended measures.
This will include available pre-feasibility and feasibility study for the LoNa Project and the detailed design study for intended investments on the Eswatini and Mozambican territory.


Minister of Finance Martin Dlamini disclosed that E170 million had been received from the SADC Water Fund for the Lomahasha/Namaacha Potable Water Supply Project.


Local entrepreneurs were assured that the project contractor would source materials from locals wherever possible such as hiring excavation machinery, poles and fencing services and piping material in the trans-boundary water supply service across the borderline between Lomahasha in Eswatini and Namaacha in Mozambique.


Project


In the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) and Mitigation Plan for the proposed water supply project, it was also strongly promised that the contractor, yet to be appointed, would ensure that vending to the workers gets undertaken by local businesses.


A consortium of consultancy companies in environmental and social management formed by Salomon Lda and IC Development Consultants, from Eswatini and Mozambique, respectively, were appointed to oversee the environmental, social as the climate impacts associated with the project, expected to supply water to populations surrounding Lomahasha within a radius of five kilometers, at all stages.


The local government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy and Mozambican Government through the Ministry of Public Infrastructures, Housing and Water Resources entered into an agreement to ensure that Lomahasha and Namaacha were provided with potable water supply service.


Assistance


The project was supported by the German Government through the German Development Agency (GIZ) as part of technical assistance to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which has established a fund for Regional Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure (FWRS), financed through KfW to assist with the implementation of trans-boundary integrated water resources management within the SADC region.


The project compromises of pumping treated water along a 24.9 kilometre underground pipeline from Simunye Water Treatment Plant to Lomahasha and construction of two booster pump stations; Nduma and Mbokojweni.
A 1600 cubic metre reservoir in Lomahasha, from which water will be piped to Namaacha, where a 3200 cubic metre ground reservoir will be constructed.


Distribution


There will also be an additional 105 kilometre water supply distribution network for Namaacha and Lomahasha as well as 540 metres of connection pipe from the trunk main to Lomahasha reservoir.
“The proposed pipeline route follows the MR3 Road for 25 kilometres from the tee at Simunye, until just before Lomahasha town (about four kilometres). It then branches off to the reservoir at the summit of the hill to the east of Swaziland/Mozambique Border,” it was explained.

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