Agence Française de Développement (AFD), DBSA and eThekwini Municipality sign R700Million loan agreement for water project
On 26 October 2016, the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement - AFD) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have provided the eThekwini Municipality with funding through a 15 year loan for the value of R700million.
A grant of R93million was also provided to the Municipality by the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA) which is funded by the European Union. The financing is for the Western and Northern Aqueduct projects which will ensure improved access to water to all citizens. The official signing ceremony with all stakeholders and the City’s Executive Committee took place at the Durban City Hall. Ambassador of France to South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier, also attended the ceremony.
The Western and Northern Aqueducts project is currently in implementation. The Western Aqueduct project is a large diameter bulk potable water pipeline that will connect eThekwini’s Western and Northern supply areas to Umgeni Water’s inland bulk supply system from the Midmar Treatment Works. The Northern Aqueduct project involves large diameter bulk potable pipelines that will augment eThekwini’s existing bulk supply pipeline network that serves the north eastern portion of the area of supply in the north of the Umgeni River, south of the Ohlanga River and east of Ntuzuma.
The Project is a phased project which is implemented over a multi-year period. The core components of the project are expected to be completed by the fiscal year 2019/20. This is the first time that AFD and DBSA co-finance a project together following a deliberate decision on the two institutions to work more closely.
“The AFD is proud to be involved and to finance eThekwini’s infrastructure development goals especially pertaining to water and sustainable development," – Martha Stein Sochas, AFD’s Regional Director in South Africa.
“Water has become a very critical issue for South Africa, especially in Kwazulu-Natal. France is very proud to contribute to finding solutions”, - Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa.