SA needs R670bn for water, sanitation

2013-05-21 14:39
Edna Molewa. (Sapa)

Edna Molewa. (Sapa)

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Cape Town - South Africa needs to invest an estimated R670bn in new water and sanitation infrastructure over the next decade, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

Speaking during debate in the National Assembly on her department's 2013/14 budget, she said this included the cost of refurbishing the country's ageing, existing plants and treatment works.

"Capital investment in new water and sanitation infrastructure for the entire value chain... is projected to require an estimated R670bn over the next 10 years, or an equivalent of R67bn a year."

However, only R30bn a year was available from current resources, and government would have to look to the private sector for help.

"These investments will have to be funded from on-budget and off-budget sources through the private sector," she said.

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