Eswatini - Manzini Region Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Nov 2018
Signature Date 15 Jul 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 29,656,581.97
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Manzini Region Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Eswatini is part of the Government’s priority investment operation and will be implemented as a stand-alone investment project by the water utility – EWSC. The project focuses on the expansion of water supply system and improvement of sanitation infrastructure and hygiene practices in the Manzini Region, which is the most populous region in Eswatini. It will support in expanding water and sanitation services to the unserved areas in the peri-urban areas of Manizini, in particular four Tinkhundlas (Administrative Districts) which include the following communities: Mtfongwaneni, Mafutseni, Manzini South, Nhlambeni. The project is based on development of more reliable and sustainable water sources in the area, and promotion of more environmentally friendly solutions for sanitation. The project is estimated to cost ZAR 807.53 million, to be financed by the Bank and the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini (GOE)/Eswatini Water Services Corporation (EWSC). The project comprises the following three components: (i) Water Infrastructure Development; (ii) Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement; and (iii) Institutional Capacity Building and Project Management. It will be implemented over a period of four years.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide sustainable water supply and sanitation services to support the national agenda and is in line with the strategic direction of EWSC. The purpose of this Project is to improve the well-being of the inhabitants and spur economic growth in the Manzini Region through the provision of adequate safe water supply and improved sanitation services. The specific Project objective is to meet the potable water requirements of Manzini and surrounding areas and reducing the risk of environmental pollution of the groundwater through provision of appropriate sanitation services.


The project area has an estimated population of 76,467 (2017), which will benefit upon completion of the project. It is expected that about 52% of the beneficiaries will be female and they will be the most to benefit from it. The project will create more than 300 temporary jobs during the construction phase and this will indirectly benefit businesses and other service providers in the area and 15 permanent jobs during the operation of the scheme. Furthermore, all of the Kiosk operators will be women (two for each of 25 kiosks) and will receive basic training in managing kiosks including basic numeracy/accounting. EWSC, the utility will also benefit from the project through the institutional support in the form of staff training provided under the project.

Participating Organization

Swaziland Water Services Corporation SWS
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-EA0-003
Last Update 01 Apr 2023


Contact Details

Name Maimuna NALUBEGA

Geographic Location

Country Eswatini
Coordinates Location Name
-26.49884 31.38004 Manzini
-26.64528 31.39833 Nhlambeni
-26.49785 31.47173 Mthongwaneni
-26.48333 31.36667 Manzini South
-26.44 31.52 Mafutseni