SOUTH AFRICAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT SUMMIT TO BE HELD ON DEC 5

PRETORIA, The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced that the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit, which was planned to take place on Nov 30, has been moved to Dec 5 at the Sandton Convention Centre near Johannesburg.

The department said here Tuesday that the postponement of the summit was influenced by the schedules and availability of high profile speakers, who have confirmed their participation for the first week of December.

The summit will be jointly hosted by the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Water Research Commission. It will feature investors, funders, project developers, policy-makers, regulators and local government partners to engage in a programme of action aimed at shifting the water and sanitation sector investment landscape to a space which is open and enabling for investment, and inclusive growth opportunities.

The summit comes at a time when sector role players in South Africa are looking seriously at the issue of the investment climate for water and sanitation in light of persistent drought and flood challenges, ongoing service delivery needs and ageing water infrastructure.

Most importantly, the summit is driven by policy imperatives emerging from the development of the next National Water Resources and Sanitation Strategy, and the associated development of the National Water Master Plan, the department said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK