Zuma witnesses DRC hydro-power deal

2011-11-12 18:01
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding on the Grand Inga Hydro-Electric Power project in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Saturday, the presidency said.

"The [memorandum] aims at starting the development of large scale power generation in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on hydro power resources," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery.

The agreement was signed by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and her DRC counterpart Gilbert Tshongo.

Zuma said the project would be the biggest hydro power project and would not only benefit the people of Congo but the African continent at large.

The hydro-electric scheme could generate up to 40,000 megawatts and would be able to supply electricity to 500 million people.

Zuma said South Africa would send logistical and security support to help the DRC during its forthcoming coming elections.

"South Africa alone has contributed over 80 observers in the entire observer mission, which is led by our minister for correctional services, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in South Africa's capacity as the current chair of the Southern African Development Community [SADC] organ Troika," he said.

They would observe the elections within the parameters of the country's constitution and SADC's guidelines on election conduct.

"As chair of the Troika I call on all parties to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the holding of peaceful elections," he said.

Zuma extended his gratitude to President Kabila for the "hospitality and warmth" with which the South African delegation were received during their working visit to his country.

On Sunday Zuma would visit the United Arab Emirates.

Read more on:    sadc  |  nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  jacob zuma  |  dipuo peters  |  joseph kabila  |  drc  |  central africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
What your phone can tell you about your car

Watch this video to find out what your phone can tell you about your car.

/South Africa
 

Middle-seat kids: Why are they special?

Limited legroom, a siblings on each side... the middle seat has long been considered the short straw in a car but does it have a secret?

 

Stay safe

Middle-seat kids: Why are they special?
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
First-aid kit: What you need in YOUR car
Hey, lazy! Get outta the disabled bay!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is expansive and philosophical. It is easy to see the bigger picture, but you can end up getting lost in it, so...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.