The SADC Water Fund, managed by DBSA, kicked off the implementation of the Lomahasha-Namaacha (LoNa) project together with representatives from Eswatini and Mozambique.
The LoNa (Lomahasha-Namaacha) project is a transboundary water supply project that the SADC Water Fund is supporting in the region, as part of its cross border Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme. The project will see the construction of substantial infrastructure between the towns of Lomahasha in Eswatini and Namaacha in Mozambique, enabling cross-border water supply thereby more than doubling the water supply available per capita.
The aim of the project is to extend access to clean water, particularly to low-income groups and to secure the supply of water for future generations. The financing of regional water infrastructure in collaboration with cooperating partners such as the German government through (KfW) is a key part of the agenda of SADCs’ Regional Integration agenda that the DBSA actively supports in order to improve the social – economic livelihoods of the population living in the SADC Region and help build Africa’s prosperity.
- 28 800 - people in low income groups to benefit from the project
- 24 000 - current number of people who will benefit from improved service delivery and reliable water supply
- 4 800 - new people population provided with access to portable water
- 46 500 - future population that will be provided with portable water by 2040
The team visited key sites which will be improved and positively impacted from the project
At the project kick-off event which took place in Maputo, Mozambique Mr. Nilton Sergio Rebelo Trindade, the Director of the National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation in Mozambique emphasised the importance and prioritisation that the governments of both countries placed in ensuring water supply to people, especially in low-income areas.