n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Project management : Lesotho highlands water project

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



The £2 billion (R14 billion) Lesotho Highland water project is one of the largest civil engineering projects currently under way in the world. When the £840 million (R5, 88 billion) first phase (IA) opens in 1998, it will be transferring 18m<sup>3</sup>/s of water from new reservoirs in Lesotho to the industrial heartland of South Africa and generating 72 MW of hydroelectricity. This paper introduces the basic elements of the project and then describes the management structures established for the project's implementation in terms of a treaty between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa. It also describes the infrastructure established for the project, financing and environmental considerations.

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