“This is so that we can stay ahead and can say ‘water is not a problem, we will give you water when you want to invest here’, instead of ‘when you come, we promise to give you water’. Investors do not react on promises, they react to factual situations.

That is why we say the desalination plant is no longer a contention, it is a reality. We will build it,” he said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kuiseb collector 2– Schwarzekuppe–Swakopmund-pipeline near Walvis Bay on Saturday.T

he minister spent the last week visiting several sites crucial to the complex integrated water supply system at the coast, as well as the mines, which consume 50% (12 million cubic metres a year) of the water supply in the region, with the other half going to the coastal towns.