R150bn Chinese investment in Limpopo under threat over water shortages

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- citizen.co.za | 11 months ago

A planned R150 billion economic investment in Limpopo by China, which is poised to create thousands of jobs for locals, is being threatened by acute water shortages.

The area, in which the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are to be found, requires a total of 123 million cubic metres of water per annum, while the sites, which encompass the towns of Makhado and Musina, has only 0. 3% of underground water available.

The actual construction work for the projects, which include mining and the construction of a power plant, cooking plant, pig iron plant, carbon steel plant, silicon plant and calcium carbide plant, among others, was due to start in August this year and create at least 21 000 jobs.

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