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Fact Sheet on New USTDA Program Activities in South Africa and Botswana

August 8-11, 2006


Botswana Water Well Rehabilitation:  USTDA is providing a $500,000 technical assistance grant to Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources to support a technical assistance program on a water well rehabilitation project.  The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) within the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources owns, operates and maintains thousands of deep, wide diameter water wells throughout Botswana.  Water wells require maintenance to prevent clogging by biological matter, incrustation or corrosion from inhibiting the flow of ground water into wells.  To date, there has not been a successful rehabilitation program in Botswana.  The goal of the USTDA-supported technical assistance program is to rehabilitate at least 35 wells in Botswana on a pilot basis.  The pilot will include training for DWA personnel in well operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation, and the establishment of a system-wide well rehabilitation master plan for DWA.  The Roscoe Moss Company of Los Angeles, California will carry out the technical assistance program.  In addition to the USTDA grant, Roscoe Moss Company and the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources will provide substantial additional resources toward the completion of the technical assistance program.  USTDA Director Askey and His Excellency Baledzi Gaolathe, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Botswana governments, respectively.  

South Africa eThekwini Electricity (TE) Distribution Systems Integration:  A $500,000 USTDA grant is supporting TE’s efforts to provide more cost-effective and reliable service to its customers through the development of a strategic plan for the implementation of an integrated information technology system.  Electricity is a key strategic sector of the South African economy and underpins the growth and developmental objectives set out by the South African government.  In the “Electricity for All” campaign that was launched by TE to bring light and power within reach of every home in the Durban Municipal area and beyond, more than 170,000 new consumers were connected to the power grid.  In 2005, however, TE’s service area began to experience power interruptions.  A strategic plan and execution strategy is needed for TE to acquire the specific expertise, software, and equipment necessary to support an integrated IT system that will enable it to effectively manage its distribution network.   USTDA Director Askey and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Visvin Reddy, eThekwini Municipal Council, signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. government and eThekwini Municipality, respectively.