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Résilience dans le domaine de l’eau : signature d'un accord de coopération entre la ville du Cap et l'AFD
AFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Cape Town on Friday 19 February. The MoU outlines a collaboration between France and the City of Cape Town to work together on issues of water security and resilience with respect to climate change, to ensure safe and sustainable access to water for all. The signing of the MoU also supports implementation of Cape Town’s water strategy, entitled “Our Shared Water Future”, to create a more water resilient city and to support the financial sustainability of water and sanitation services.

The MoU was signed in the presence of the French Ambassador, Aurélien Lechevallier, and French consul-general Laurent Alberti. On behalf of the City of Cape Town, in attendance were Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato, the Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Alderman  Xanthea Limberg  and Mike Webster, Executive Director of the Directorate of Water and Waste. The MoU is testament to the ongoing partnership between AFD and the City. 

Following the unprecedented period of drought that hit the region between 2015 and 2018, the City of Cape Town  adopted a new water strategy, "Our Shared Water Future",   in May 2019 to increase the resilience and sustainability of the metropolitan municipality. This strategy is structured around five commitments:

  • safe  access to water for all residents
  • wise use of water by users
  • reliable and diversified supply
  • equitable sharing of the resource within the supply system and
  • integrated water management at the local  level, developing what’s called a “water-sensitive” city.

In order to implement this strategy, the Water and Sanitation Department has been reorganized into 4 clusters (each led by a Director) . This was done with the support of the AFD and technical assistance from French expert  Jean-Pierre Mas, an international specialist  in leading change in the water sector.

An action plan was also adopted in May 2020, and going forward AFD is supporting the implementation of a transversal programme on financial sustainability of water and sanitation services. AFD has committed 500 000 euros to support the following: analysis of the service revenue structure (cost of service, long term financial projections, optimization of the tariff model and subsidies), financing strategy, and review of the investment master plan.