14 November 2017

South Africa: Water Summit Moved to 5 December

The Water Infrastructure Investment Summit, which was planned to take place on 30 November, has been moved to 5 December.

The Department of Water and Sanitation said 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 take place at the Sandton Convention Centre. It will be jointly hosted by the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Water Research Commission.

It will feature investors, funders, project developers, policymakers, regulators and local government partners to engage in a programme of action that aims to shift the water and sanitation sector investment landscape to a space that is open and enabling for investment, and inclusive growth opportunities.

The summit comes at a time when sector role players 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.

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