Swaziland - NONDVO multipurpose dam feasibility study

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Dec 2015
Signature Date 11 Feb 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 1,036,638.7
Status Completion

Project General Description

This project intends to assess the feasibility for the construction of a multipurpose dam, whose main objective is to store water in order to provide potable water to the two growing cities of Mbabane and Manzini. With the ultimate aim to reduce poverty and increase economic growth, the project will improve availability of water resources for the local populations livelihood as well as their productive activities. Therefore, the project is of utmost importance for the country and fits into its national water resources development objectives. It is coherent with the Africa Water Vision and with SADC planning documents. It is also aligned with the priorities of the AWF Strategic Plan 2012-2016 and the Bank’s Long-Term Strategy 2013-2022. The project is technically opportune and justified, given the foreseen domestic water supply shortage for the two cities of Mbabane and Manzini in the near future. The project includes the following components: - Feasibility study and detailed design; - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; - Climate change resilience assessment, transboundary issues, PPP and financing strategy; - Project management, including panel of experts. The total estimated cost of the project is estimated at € 2,800,000 excluding taxes and duties (but including approx. 5% contingency reserve). The overall duration is 27 months.

Project Objectives

The ultimate goal of the project is to prepare a blueprint for the socio-economic development of the Mbabane-Manzini corridor through water resources development and management for increasing water availability for potable water supply, hydropower generation and irrigation. The main expected outcome is that the prepared investment reaches financial closure. The project’s specific outputs are: i) The Project feasibility study, detailed design, ESIA as well as the Climate Change Resilience Assessment and the PPP feasibility and financing strategy are approved by MNRE; ii) Other riparian states do not oppose the project.


The direct beneficiaries of the study are the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (Executing Agency), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Swaziland Water Services Corporation and the Swaziland Electricity Company. The implementation of the investment will substantially contribute to increase the water availability for multiple uses for the populations in Mbabane – Manzini corridor, amounting to 300000 people. It will also benefit to the productive socio-economic actors in the various sectors of industry, agriculture, and tourism.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Government of Eswatini
Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-EAZ-001
Last Update 01 Apr 2023


Contact Details

Name Cecil Dulu NUNDWE
Email c.nundwe@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Eswatini
Coordinates Location Name
-26.31667 31.13333 Mbabane
-26.49884 31.38004 Manzini