Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) is a state-owned entity charged with financing and implementing bulk raw water infrastructure projects. It is an agency of the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which is responsible for the country’s water resources in respect of usage, equitable allocation and distribution. TCTA assists the government in its pursuit of water security for South Africa and in realising its constitutional obligation of ensuring universal access to this essential resource for all citizens. For more information about TCTA, click here.

SA, Lesotho launch new multi-billion-rand water project


December 2019


The governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho recently launched a new R32.5 billion project that will benefit the two countries immensely in respect of water and energy security.

The South African government has tasked TCTA with raising funding for this development, which is Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP-2). The project comprises two components: water delivery and a hydro-electricity scheme.(Read more)

Water master plan ready for implementation

December 2019

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has launched the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, which envisages a continued critical role for TCTA in the sector.

The Master Plan aims to address the critical water and sanitation delivery challenges that face the country. It  recognises the role that other stakeholders in the sector, including municipalities and water institutions, must play in the management of the supply and use of water and sanitation facilities.(Read more)

Drought requires renewed focus

December 2019

There is an urgent need to understand drought better so as to manage the phenomenon and its associated risks effectively.  The call comes from TCTA Senior Manager: Strategic Programmes Jeremiah Mutamba, who was  speaking during a Knowledge Sharing Session on 12 December 2019.

Mr Mutamba said an unfavourable prognosis made the renewed focus on drought even more imperative and urgent. He defined the phenomenon as a recurring extreme climate event characterised by below-normal moisture availability over a period of months to years. It is not only about lack of rain.(Read more)

Authority inducts Project Naledi bursars

December 2019

A group of TCTA bursary holders and interns have been afforded exposure to the intricacies of the business through a two-day induction session that included a tour of one of the Authority’s infrastructure projects.

TCTA runs a bursary scheme, Project Naledi, and an internship programme. The two aim to provide youth with career opportunities in the water-related sectors.

The session took place on 30-31 October and aimed to ensure that the inductees gained a full understanding of TCTA and shared experiences. On the first day, the Authority provided members of the group with an opportunity to go through their contracts, seek clarifications or raise any concerns they may have with the scheme. (Read more)

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