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South Africa and the Netherlands renew their partnership in the water and sanitation sector

South Africa and Netherlands are committed to enhancing cooperation opportunities in the water and sanitation sector to strengthen the existing relations between the two states.

This commitment was made on Tuesday, 27 February 2024 in Pretoria during a meeting between the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Senzo Mchunu, and the Ambassador of Netherlands to South Africa, Joanne Doornewaard.

This meeting marked the first interaction between Minister Mchunu and Ambassador Doornewaard since her posting to South Africa in August 2023. Various topics were discussed, including the bilateral agreement on water management and potential collaboration opportunities in the water and sanitation sector.

Minister Mchunu expressed appreciation for Netherlands’ expertise and contribution to the water and sanitation sector, emphasizing the significant impact it has. He also highlighted the visit of the King and Queen of Netherlands to South Africa as part of the Blue Deal Project, demonstrating their support for the people of South Africa.

Minister Mchunu identified challenges such as deteriorating infrastructure at the municipal level and water losses, stressing the need for investment in water infrastructure to address these issues.

Director-General, Dr Phillips, noted the benefits of programs initiated by the Netherlands government under the Blue Deal project, particularly in supply chain management for infrastructure procurement.

Ambassador Doornewaard outlined upcoming projects in Limpopo and other regions of South Africa to assist with water challenges and other sectors, emphasizing their desire to support the country.

The South Africa and Netherlands signed a Blue Deal agreement aimed at supporting water management through knowledge exchange, assisting organizations, and collaborating with stakeholders.

Press release distributed by APO Group on behalf of the South African Government.

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