IPAD_DRC_smallSouth Africa has agreed to provide funds for the rehabilitation and modernization of the Inga Hydro-electric Dam, one of the biggest projects to be implemented under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).

This emerged after the fourth session of the South Africa-DRC Bi-national Commission, co-chaired by South African President Thabo Mbeki and DRC President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa during the last week of August.

South Africa had already committed a US$200 million injection of funds to cover the construction of an interconnection grid to facilitate the distribution of electricity from the Inga power generation plants to various provinces in the DRC.

Links between DRC and South Africa remain strong

iPAD Central Africa 2007: Conference, Exhibition and Executive Insider Briefings round-table on Energy and Infrastructure come at the perfect time in the DRC’s socio-political and economic renaissance. Taking place in Kinshasa from the 9th to the 12th of October, this key infrastructure event promises to put questions on the table relating to the energy needs of this resource-rich country. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Inga project with SNEL, the electricity utility of the DRC. Here, delegates will witness first-hand the implementation of the rehabilitation plans and view the progress of the project, ask questions and get an insight into the future of the project.

For more information visit www.ipad-africa.com/central. To sign-up for the event and visit to Inga, please contact Patricia Kazaka:

patricia@spintelligent.com, telephone +27 21 700 3500 or fax +27 21 700 3501