Partnerships will drive SADC to industrialisation: Thyse

01 Aug 2017 14:40pm
JOHANNESBURG, 01 AUG (NAMPA) - Partnerships between countries in the southern African region are a crucial component to the successful implementation and completion of development projects that would aid industrialisation.
Vice-President: Group Regulatory Services at Sasol Limited, Johan Thyse said this in his presentation on Tuesday at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The integrated energy and chemical company based in Johannesburg develops and commercialises synthetic fuel technologies and produces liquid fuels, chemicals and electricity.
Thyse presented lessons learnt from the Mozambique-South Africa gas pipeline project which started in 2001 and was completed in 2004.
His advice was that if African companies and governments form partnerships on projects, the chances of success are high and the continent as a whole will develop faster.
Other advice he gave was that having a master plan is important, as it establishes a customer base and provides supportive regulatory services.
He said when choosing a country for partnership, learning their culture, needs and history is very important to the success of a project.
“The mistake we make as Africans is that we assume all Africans are the same, which is not the case, so it is best to be informed about a country you want to do business with.”
Thyse said there is gas in the region which is just waiting to be exploited and distributed across African countries and the world, but this would only be possible through partnerships.
“Africa needs to develop its own resources through regional collaboration and acknowledging interdependence.”
He explained that the 865 kilometre Mozambique-South Africa gas pipeline cost the two governments N.dollars 24 billion and employed 840 people.
The pipeline transports gas from the Pande and Temane gas fields in Mozambique to Sasol's industrial customers in South Africa, including the Secunda and Sasolburg petrochemical plants.
The SADC Industrialisation week runs from Monday to Friday and has brought together the private sectors, government representatives from the 15 SADC member states and other key stakeholders to discuss ways to achieve industrialisation in SADC by 2063.