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Vol 45 No 5

Published 5th March 2004

South Africa

Peace dividend

President Mbeki's diplomatic forays into Congo have a sound commercial base

South Africa's dreams of harnessing Congo-Kinshasa's massive hydro-electric resources to power most of Southern Africa are moving towards reality. The first aim for Eskom, SA's state-owned power utility, is to build Inga III, a 3,500-megawatt project to transmit power along the 'Western Corridor'. This brings in the national energy companies of Angola, Botswana and Namibia, as well as Congo itself. A first memorandum of understanding was signed in 2003. A new, apparently final, agreement, backed by an inter-governmental memo, is supposed to be signed this year.

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