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.

  • Grant - 2011-11-12 18:08

    And we moaned about the amount of time Mbeki was not in the country! Though I do suppose that zooma is forced to do a lot more travelling because he has a lot more wives and they all need to have a turn!!!!

      Mike - 2011-11-12 19:33

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  • Tony - 2011-11-12 18:09

    Even if you witnessed it JZ - deny everything - it worked for the arms deal, the Shaik case, the sex scandle and the police lease saga - ask Tony Yangeni, Winnie Mandela and Jackie Selebi - denial denial.

      Mike - 2011-11-12 19:34

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      Eradicate_WhitePrivilege - 2011-11-12 20:38

      Mike unlike trolls, I am more than willing to interact with people.

  • Shadho - 2011-11-12 18:39

    Kabila will be gone soon. The people of the DRC hate the bastard. So another JZ puppet bites the dust lol...BTW Zuma is sending security support??? so South Africa is trying to influence the outcome of the Vote he wont lose all the cash houses etc etc hes hiding in the DRC...Wait maybe he went to fetch the cash and diamonds and gold etc etc and hide it in the UAE hahaha!!.... are such a fraud and so corrupt you don't know what day of the week it is dude. Just like everyone else in the ANC and Leaders and Governments of other Countries in Africaaaaaaa!!!

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-12 19:54

    what the hell are we doing in central Africa, the cANCer can't even sort out our problems at home typical bobjaane zombies what T.F. has the minister of corectional services got to do with foreign affairs IT BOGGLES THE MIND

      Daniel - 2011-11-12 20:13

      They are all there for the free ride, spending us honest taxpayer money.

  • Johann - 2011-11-12 20:36

    We need a president to run south africa not a president acting as an ambassador who nicely visits us during suitcase repackings

  • Don - 2011-11-13 12:16

    Zuma = Sleeping serpent.

  • Rodney - 2011-11-13 13:42

    Seems to me, Zuma would be present at an envelope opening if he thought there was a photo opportunity.

  • chris.nellist - 2011-11-13 14:27

    @ Eradicate hite Privilege. You are a racist. You are no differnt than than a white racist. Both are as bad and your attitude will be what causes Africa to be forever a third world country

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