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Water & energy

Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Supplying the Republic of South Africa with millions of cubic metres of water per year, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is the largest and most ambitious long-term water transfer scheme of its kind on the continent, and has done much to develop the region’s water supply. The project supplies water locally as well as to South Africa’s Vaal Dam through the trans-Caledon tunnel.

Lesotho Electricity Corporation

The Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) is the country’s sole power utility provider. LEC’s customer base as at July 2005 stood at just over 45 000, of which 350 were large power users.

The pressing need to extend the electricity network in Lesotho and connect more households to the national grid has for many years been hampered by lack of funds. The privatization of LEC was thus decided on as the only viable solution to providing the corporation with access to the necessary resources, expertise and technology to help achieve this aim as well as improve the quality if service to existing customers. In adopting a public service concession approach to privatization, government remains in partnership with the investors during the concession period and retains long-term control over the assets of the company.

Overall access to electricity stood at around 10 percent in 2005, with the target of increasing access to 35 percent of households by 2015.

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