Water for the EMSEZ megaproject at all costs

A report into the absence of water governance in the Limpopo River Catchment.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa commissioned the research, building on an initial report published in May 2020 “Water risks of fossil fuel mega projects in Limpopo: the MCWAP and the EMSEZ”, to investigate the governance of water in the Limpopo River catchment, both within the South Africa - particularly sub-catchments in which one or more dams are proposed to support the Electro-Minerals component of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) - and amongst the four riparian countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The report includes a summation of expert analysis of a Pre-feasibility Study for a proposed big dam project to store Limpopo River floodwaters, seeking to supply more than 90% of the water for the minerals-industrial complex (to include a coal-fired power station and various steel and related industries).

Date: 4 October 2021
Time: 13h30 - 15h30
Platform: Zoom
Click here to register to attend the web-serminar 


Dr Victor Munnik, Geographer and political ecologist and research associate at the Society Work and Politics (SWOP) Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand


Ms Deirdre Carter, CEO of Agri-Limpopo

Mr Derick du Toit, Deputy Director of AWARD

Ms Mphatheleni Makaulule from  Dzomo La Mupo 

The virtual event will begin with a summary presentation of research findings, to be followed by a panel discussion providing for responses by civil society representatives and government officials, including the Limpopo Economic Development Agency - CEO of the Musina-Makhado State Owned Corporation, Mr L Masoga - and a representative of the Department of Water and Sanitation, which recently announced changes to the composition of water catchment management areas and agencies  and Q & A session. 

For more information, contact Richard Worthington:  Richard.Worthington(at)fes-southafrica.org 

Download the Water Governance in the Limpopo River Catchment Report publication on the link below. 

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