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Creating shared value through innovative partnerships: Strategic Water Partners Network - South Africa

THE STRATEGIC WATER PARTNERS NETWORK – South Africa (SWPN-SA) is one of South Africa’s most innovative public and private sector partnerships. The objective of the SWPN-SA is to help close South Africa’s projected water gap in 2030 through collaboration and partnership projects with strategic national impact.



In the second National Water Resource Strategy, the DWA states that businesses that are dependent on water can no longer take this resource for granted regardless of the industry or sector they operate in. Decreasing water availability and reduced reliability of supply will increase competition between businesses and local communities for this resource. In this context, government and the private sector face increasing pressure to work together to forge new types of partnerships to address the water risks and challenges facing the country.

This publication, launched by Minister Edna Molewa at the World Economic Forum, provides an overview of projects and initiatives of the SWPN-SA.These projects represent innovative partnerships between private sector and government in efforts to create shared value.

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