The Strategic Water Partners Network– South Africa (SWPN-SA) is one of South Africa’s most innovative public and private sector partnerships. The objective of the SWPN-SA is to help close South Africa’s projected water gap in 2030 through collaboration and partnership projects with strategic national impact. The Department of Water and Sanitation and Nestle co-chair the partnership
In the second National Water Resource Strategy, the Department of Water and Sanitation states that businesses that are dependent on water can no longer take this resource for granted regardless of the industry or sector they operate in. Decreasing water availability and reduced reliability of supply will increase competition between businesses and local communities for this resource. In this context, government and the private sector face increasing pressure to work together to forge new types of partnerships to address the water risks and challenges facing the country.
Their working groups are:
- Agricultural supply chain (ASC)
- Effluent wastewater management and sanitation
- Water use efficiency and leakage reduction
- Water stewardship
The publication ‘Creating Shared Value Summary Report 2011‘ launched by Minister Edna Molewa at the World Economic Forum, provides an overview of projects and initiatives of the SWPN-SA.These projects represent innovative partnerships between private sector and government in efforts to create shared value.
In 2021, they released their 10 year anniversary publication, which condenses their body of work, shows their results, discusses partnerships and working groups, and focuses on the future.