Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, Jeff Radebe announced the ratification of the treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The tabling of the treaty, signed between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “paves the way for the development of Inga 3, which will provide 2500MW of electricity to South Africa”

The Grand Inga project presents enormous potential to produce 40 000 MW of electricity, powering half the continent – constituting the energy source supply to countries in southern Africa, north-east Africa and parts of West Africa.

Phase 3 of the Grand Inga project (Inga 3) is expected to cost US$12-billion and generate around 4 800 MW of electricity. Inga 1 and Inga 2 currently generate a combined 1800MW of power.

According to the South African News Agency, the treaty also provides the framework for the delivery of power generation from the Grand Inga to the border between the DRC and Zambia.

“The project has the potential to supply clean and affordable imported hydroelectric power to meet the needs of the DRC, South Africa and surrounding countries,” said Radebe

“The project holds the potential to fast-track SADC development, alleviate energy poverty, stimulate economic growth and facilitate infrastructure development.

“This represents one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken on the African continent, and one which will long be a resounding symbol of the rise of Africa and her people.”