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Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs 23 October 2012. RATIFICATION OF THE LHWP II AGREEMENT. 1. OUTLINE. 1. Background 2. Main Objective 3. Strategic focus 4. Current Status 5. Ratification. 2. BACKGROUND. In August 2011 the Government of the

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Select committee on land and environmental affairs 23 october 2012

Select Committee on Land and

Environmental Affairs

23 October 2012

RATIFICATION OF THE LHWP II AGREEMENT

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Outline

OUTLINE

1. Background

2. Main Objective

3. Strategic focus

4. Current Status

5. Ratification

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Background

BACKGROUND

In August 2011 the Government of the

Republic of South Africa and the

Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho

signed the LHWP Phase II Agreement.

The LHWP is a joint project between the

Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of

Lesotho implemented in accordance with the

provisions of the Treaty signed in 1986.

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Main objectives

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The purpose is to enhance the use of the

water of the Senqu / Orange River by

storing, regulating, diverting and

controlling the flow of the shared river in

order to affect the delivery of specified

quantities of water to South Africa.

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Main objectives1

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The delivery system can also be used to

generate hydro-electric power in Lesotho. South Africa is responsible for the cost to establish and manage the water transfer components of the LHWP, i.e., the Katse and Mohale storage dams and the connecting tunnels (124 km long) which was completed as Phase I of the LHWP in 2004.

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Main objectives2

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The main purpose of LHWP Phase II Agreement is to augment the original treaty and address specific issues related to the operation and implementation of Phase II.

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Strategic focus

STRATEGIC FOCUS

The conclusion of this agreement in 2011 is

another step in the direction of fostering

closer co-operation between and amongst

the relevant SADC states with a view to

advancing the SADC agenda of regional

integration and poverty alleviation as

articulated in Article 2 of the Revised SADC

Protocol on Shared Watercourses.

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Strategic focus1

STRATEGIC FOCUS

The objective is to strengthen the regional integration by using water as a catalyst for socio-economic development, as well as to advance economic links with key African partners. The nature of the cooperation is aimed at mutual development of the South African and Lesotho water sectors, as a foundation for a modernized integrated economy.

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Strategic focus2

STRATEGIC FOCUS

Bilateral cooperation can cement political and strategic relations that can lead to more coordinated strategies in various multilateral environments such as SADC, African Union and the United Nations. This cooperation further embodies the NEPAD principles for development and Africa aspirations for its own Renaissance.

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Current status

Section 231(2) of the Constitution provides that :

“An international agreement binds the Republic only after it has been approved by resolution in both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, unless it is an agreement of a technical administrative or executive nature or an agreement which does not require either ratification or accession”

In terms of the Manual on Executive Acts of the President of the Republic of South Africa, para 5.8, Cabinet must consent to the submission of the agreement to Parliament, for the purpose of ratification or accession.

CURRENT STATUS

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Ratification

RATIFICATION

Before signing the Agreement by the two

countries, the Department of Water Affairs

received the assurance from the Office of the

Chief State Law Advisers of the Department of

International Relations and the Department of

Justice that the agreement was not in conflict

international law and domestic law.

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Ratification1

RATIFICATION

As per Cabinet resolution, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs has tabled the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II agreement to Parliament for ratification (Both to Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the NCOP).

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Thank you

THANK YOU

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