28 August 2012 – The cabinet of South Africa’s government has approved the draft treaty between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of the Grand Inga project.

"This project entails the development of approximately 40,000 MW of hydropower on the Congo River in the DRC which may be developed in several stand-alone phases," cabinet spokesman, Jimmy Manyi, says.

The purpose of the treaty was to develop an enabling framework, linking the DRC and South Africa into the Grand Inga project, and allow for the two countries to jointly explore different economically feasible options for the development of the project.

"The project will form part of SA’s government strategy to promote renewable energy in the region‚ contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions‚ ensure security of supply and to develop energy infrastructure on the continent and the South African Development Community region in particular‚" Manyi says.