South African President Jacob Zuma today launched the second phase of the R15.4 billion ($1.5 billion) Lesotho Highlands Water Project in Polihali, Lesotho.

Zuma said the project is a “win-win mechanism” for South Africa and the land-locked Lesotho. South Africa – especially the thirsty industrial hub Gauteng – would be supplied with much-needed water, and it would provide Lesotho with infrastructure, hydroelectric power and revenue from royalties.

Phase II of the LHWP involves the construction of the colossal 2.2 billion cubic litre Polihali Dam , a water transfer tunnel and a pumped storage scheme. This phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2020.

President Zuma said the commencement of the second phase of the project was a “memorable landmark” in the growing bilateral co-operation between South Africa and Lesotho

Source: Independent Online