Tackling South Africa’s Water Challenges Through Innovative Partnerships

News source: NEPAD Business Foundation

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If South Africa maintains a “business-as-usual” approach to water resources management, it will face a 17% gap between water demand and supply by 2030. This supply-and-demand gap can damage economic growth and derail efforts to bring clean water and sanitation to its poorest communities.

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG)—through South Africa’s Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN)—has been facilitating collaborative action between South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation, the private sector, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders to address their common water challenges.

This innovative approach to addressing water security issues was recognized during the Partnership for Growth (P4G) Summit in Copenhagen, which took place on October 19 and 20, 2018. SWPN was one of the three partnerships that earned a 2018 State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award. Nick Tandi, Africa 2030 WRG’s regional coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of SWPN. During the summit, Mr. Tandi addressed an audience of over 500 delegates hailing from different countries around the world, and spoke specifically about the need for stakeholders in South Africa to co-create solutions for South Africa’s imminent water challenges.

Read SWPN’s news release here.