Grand Inga Dam solution to Africa's enery problems: Mabote

07 Jun 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) - The proposed Grand Inga Dam could mean an end to blackouts in Africa, the coordinator of the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063, Retselitsoe Mabote says.
“Once this dam has materialised it can power the whole continent. As we speak, South Africa has already negotiated to get 4 000 megawatts (MW) from this project. Nigeria negotiated almost the same amount,” he said at a media briefing on the domestication and popularisation of Agenda 2063 in the capital on Monday.
The proposed hydroelectric dam would be situated on the Congo River at Inga Falls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On completion, it will have the capacity to produce 39 000MW from 52 turbines with a capacity of 750mw each.
The implementation of the Grand Inga Dam is one of the 12 key programmes and initiatives identified by the AU Commission which will be used to jump-start implementation of Agenda 2063 - a plan for structural transformation in Africa.
The plan calls for action by all segments of the African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.
Another fast-track programme is the African integrated high speed train network that will connect African capitals and commercial centres to facilitate the movement of goods, services and people.
Other fast-track programmes and initiatives include the creation of a continental free trade area; the introduction of an African Passport; the creation of an annual consultative platform for policy dialogue; the establishment of a Pan-African virtual university, and the establishment of continental financial institutions.
Mabote and other staff from the AU Commission will facilitate a workshop in Windhoek on Wednesday in efforts to create awareness and understanding of the African Union Agenda 2063.
It will amongst others be attended by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other Government officials.