South Africa’s Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has signed a landmark water cooperation agreement with Italy.
The SA Water And Sanitation Minister signed this memorandum of understanding on Tuesday. aimed at transforming South Africa’s water sector.
The memorandum which is aimed at transforming South Africa’s water sector saw both countries agreeing to commit themselves to develop initiatives aimed at mitigating climate change by providing sustainable and integrated water resources.
The projects will enhance capacity building‚ technology transfer, and technical assistance in the fields of water quality enhancement‚ water resource management‚ water service management and rural sanitation technology.
The agreement will also ensure educational training for SA citizens as both countries will work on joint projects that will enhance capacity building.
These projects will mainly focus on empowering previously disadvantaged groups in the society such as women, youth and people with disabilities.
“Our partnership with the Italians is aimed at assisting us strengthen our waste water treatment capacity as well as rural, urban onsite and offsite sanitation systems. We have also agreed to cooperation in integrated water management solutions including the reuse of waste water for material and energy recovery. Given our current water challenges as a result of drought, water management is a critical resource and tool required by our government,” Minister Mokonyane said during the signing ceremony in Johannesburg
The Water And Sanitation Minister also said the agreement will ensure that both countries share knowledge and expertise to fight climate change. She added that SA’s main objective is to ensure that poverty is eradicated, inequalities are reduced and that employment opportunities are created.
“We have made it our goal to ensure that we transform the water sector by making it inclusive of women and youth, those who were previously excluded,
Our other area of focus as the country is food security and we hope that by coming into this agreement with Italy, the set objectives will be realised,” she emphasized.
Meanwhile, a delegation from Italy led by Deputy Minister of Environment, Land and Sea Ms. Barbara Degani said she is glad to have signed the agreement with South Africa.
“Working together will be a great opportunity for transferring expertise to fight climate change. The idea is to implement this agreement to the benefit of the people of both countries, especially women and the youth,” she said.
Ms. Degani thanked the Water And Sanitation Minister Mokonyane for all her efforts in making sure that the two countries work together