NamWater seeks funding for desalination plant

The cabinet has instructed NamWater and the minister of finance to submit a detailed project proposal on the development of a desalination plant at the central coast.

12 July 2021 | Government

NAMPA

WINDHOEK

Cabinet has approved the soliciting of funding by NamWater and the government to fund the next phase of a planned desalination plant to secure water supply to the central coast and Windhoek.

The government plans to build a desalination plant at the central coast to lessen water constraints, enable the expansion of economic activities in the mining sector and to expand local generation capacity by 250 megawatt.

A feasibility study on the desalination plant and water carriage system was concluded recently.

Following the study, the cabinet approved the development and implementation of a more optimised phase one.

This is according to decisions taken at a cabinet meeting on 6 July.

The cabinet directed the minister of finance, in consultation with NamWater, to screen potential public-sector partners for the desalination project and submit a proposal and funding model to cabinet for consideration.

Disaster risk management

The cabinet further supported the deliberations and outcomes of the Southern African Development Committee (SADC) meeting of ministers responsible for disaster risk management which took place in May 2021.

It endorsed the integrating of disaster risk management initiatives and plans to accommodate best practices in adopted measures by the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

It further approved continued coordination of the development and implementation of instruments and tools to facilitate disaster risk reduction and risk governance in the development of sector-based on development guidelines by the OPM.

Cabinet also authorised the tabling of the amended Multilateral Monetary Agreement (MMA) of the Common Monetary Area (CMA) in the National Assembly for ratification by the minister of finance following a report on the outcome of the meeting between the ministers of finance and central bank governors of the CMA held last month.

The CMA links South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini to a monetary union.

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