By Richard Meissner

The e-book investigates the function curiosity teams have performed through the years to persuade the governments of Lesotho and South Africa, the realm financial institution and undertaking implementation gurus in altering a few coverage points of the Lesotho Highlands Water undertaking (LHWP). many of the concerns being agitated by way of the curiosity teams are the resettlement of villagers the place many of the dams for the tasks are being developed. the writer argues that curiosity teams and contributors have the capacity to impact the above-mentioned associations and to such an quantity that water politics and governance isn't the area of country associations only.

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Legassick’s (1996) research does 28 3 The Orange-Senqu River not only indicate that previous historians were incorrect, but also incorrect in a profound manner. Abraham September, as a non-white landowner and farmer, was most likely responsible for the first irrigation works on the Orange River. What is more, an institution, the Dutch Reformed Church, took its cue from September showing how a change-enabling agent can influence a collectivity like the church. From then onwards, the management of the Orange River’s water resources took on a different tone and government stepped into get large irrigation works off the ground.

Ramokoatsi was joined by representatives from the International Rivers, Environmental Defence (ED) (based in Washington, DC), and the MCC. Ramokoatsi also met with officials of the US Treasury Department and other agencies involved in the project. The meeting’s purpose was to register a list of complaints from people living near the dam. She requested that plans for Phase 1B be postponed until critical issues originating from the completed Phase 1A, affecting some 20,000 people for land lost (according to Ramokoatsi), are resolved.

South Africa’s unwillingness to be a partner changed during the period 1966– 1967. In that year, the country’s water managers calculated and realised that the Vaal Dam would be insufficient to provide water to the country’s economic heartland. The period 1966–1967 was also a period of drought. Consequently, in 1966, the South African government set up a Commission to look into the matter of alternative water resources and hydroelectricity from Lesotho. The Commission concluded that it would be in South Africa’s best interest to implement the project, but that the country should not be dependent on water and electricity from Lesotho.

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