September 25, 2008

Public Private Partnerships Are Key to the Development of South African Water and Wastewater Markets

South Africa is a water stressed nation and private sector participation in water management services will contribute significantly to the preservation of natural water resources. Improved water efficiency is becoming increasingly critical in South Africa, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be the lynchpin in attaining this objective.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Procurement Processes and Outsourcing in the South African Water and Wastewater Market, finds that the treatment equipment market earned revenues of USD 157.1 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach USD 265.5 million in 2014. The water and wastewater outsourcing market earned revenues of USD 140.1 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach USD 237.6 million in 2014.

"PPPs enable a synergy between the best that government and the private sectors have to offer," notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst David Winter. "They harness the energies of both partners to achieve an unprecedented, and much desired, outcome."

The Durban Water Recycling Project is an outstanding example of a PPP that demonstrates an innovative approach to several challenges relating to water resource management. The project has not only contributed to the effective management of industrial effluent, but has also helped reduce the demand for water by industries, thereby freeing potable water for about 300,000 people in the Durban metro area.

Privatisation is a very sensitive issue within the South African labour market. Labour unions have a fundamental ideological opposition to PPPs, viewing them as a threat to job creation, which remains one of South Africa's biggest challenges.

"Official unemployment figures are estimated to be around 26 per cent," explains Winter. "Hence, labour unions, who have always been against privatisation, will view any PPP formation as a form of privatisation of state-owned assets and a serious threat to job creation."

Competent employees are crucial for effective project implementation, especially in an environment where old and new technologies have to function in unison. Technical competence is central to high-class service delivery and industry players will need to demonstrate dedication to skills development with sound black economic empowerment credentials.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the procurement processes and outsourcing in the South African water and wastewater market, then send an e-mail to Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications, at [email protected] Please include your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

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Procurement Processes and Outsourcing in the South African Water and Wastewater Market