May 20, 2024

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has expressed satisfaction over the ongoing Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

According to him, the project is not just a water project, it is a beacon of hope, a symbol of progress, a symbol of international cooperation, and a testament to the strength of bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa.

He said, once Phase II is completed, more than 400 million cubic meters of water will flow every year from the upper reaches of the Senqu River in Lesotho through the existing conveyance infrastructure to the Vaal Dam in South Africa

“I would like to emphasise that the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is more than just a water project”. he tweeted.

“It is a beacon of hope, a symbol of progress, a symbol of international cooperation, and a testament to the strength of bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. Thank you to all who have gotten us to this milestone”.

His Excellency President, Ramaphosa said this when he visited Lesotho Highlands Water Project after he pays a courtesy call to His Majesty King Letsie III at the Royal Palace in Maseru.

South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho share a close historic relationship whose substance today entails strengthened economic cooperation between the two countries.

“As Basotho and South Africans, we share deep connections of language, culture and custom. Our respective peoples are also forever joined together because we rely on the life-giving water that flows in Lesotho. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is the biggest infrastructure investment outside South African borders in which South Africa has participated.” Ramaphosa indicated.

He continued, “the water South Africa receives from Lesotho augments the Integrated Vaal River System, which supplies water to Gauteng and its surrounding areas. Once Phase II is completed, more than 400 million cubic meters of water will flow every year from the upper reaches of the Senqu River in Lesotho through the existing conveyance infrastructure to the Vaal Dam in South Africa. We are determined that this massive trans border project should equally benefit the peoples of Lesotho and South Africa” he said.

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com

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