Lesotho and South Africa has begun the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water project. The project provides much needed water to South Africa but also creates an opportunity for the required infrastructure development and energy generation in Lesotho.

There have been benefits of infrastructure development during Phase I of Lesotho Highlands which has included 102 km of paved roads, 265 km of gravel roads, 1,133 km of roads rehabilitated to grade one standard, 11 bridges built including three bridges between Lesotho and South Africa in Maseru, Maputsoe and Caledonspoort.

The benefits also include 299 km of power lines, staff housing for an estimated 300 workers as well as hydroelectricity generation estimated at 72 MW.

The agreement on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project between Lesotho and South Africa was signed in August 2011 and South Africa ratified it in 2012 while Lesotho finalised its ratification process in 2013.

At the sod turning ceremony for the Phase II Lesotho Highlands project, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma said, “Our two governments must now ensure that this project is implemented without any further delay. The implementation of the project has to be done in accordance with the provisions of the legal instruments that our two countries signed.”

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