Climate Change Resilience through South Africa’s Water Reuse Programme (“WRP”)

Climate Change Resilience through South Africa’s Water Reuse Programme (“WRP”)

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 13 Jul 2023 at B.36
  • Est. completion 09 Oct 2033
  • ESS Category Intermediation 2

South Africa is ranked as one of most vulnerable countries to climate change and, in particular, to water-related vulnerability. Accordingly, the government's National Adaptation Plan stresses the need for enhanced water efficiency as water usage already exceeds reliable yields in a time when precipitation patterns are changing for the worse and as average temperatures continue to rise. Without action, the country is projected to face a 17 per cent water deficit by 2030.

The project aims to establish and operationalise a national water reuse programme (WRP) that helps address the water scarcity issue by transforming the country’s wastewater system. By treating water as a new asset class and stimulating and activating the water reuse market, South Africa can unlock future economic growth while protecting its scarce and increasingly demanded water-resources. The funding from GCF will reduce the risk exposure of potential private financiers and municipalities by blending GCF funds with funds from private investors while providing key stakeholders with technical assistance and capacity-building.

Grants from the GCF Project Preparation Facility (PPF) supported the Accredited Entity in the development of this project's funding proposal (FP).

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


29 Oct 2019 - 1354 days

Concept note received

29 Oct 2019

Funding proposal received

17 Dec 2021

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

04 Aug 2022

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

01 Jun 2023

Cleared by iTAP

10 Jul 2023


13 Jul 2023 - 89 days

Approved by GCF Board

13 Jul 2023

FAA executed

14 Jul 2023

Under implementation

09 Oct 2023 - 251 days so far

FAA effective

09 Oct 2023

Disbursement - USD 5,000,000

09 Apr 2024

To be completed

09 Oct 2033 - 3,404 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing2% disbursed

LoanUSD 200,000,000
GrantUSD 35,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 235,000,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 2,000,000
Co-FinancingGuaranteeUSD 50,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 30,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 200,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 650,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 150,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 155,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 1,237,000,000

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Accredited Entity

Development Bank of Southern Africa
Mr. Olympus Manthata

Head, Climate Finance
1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone +27 11 313 5238
Mr. Muhammed Sayed

Climate Change Specialist, Climate Finance
1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone +27 11 313 5240
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National Designated Authority

South Africa
Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment
Ms. Nomfundo Tshabalala Primary
Director General
Phone +27 12 339 9007
Ms. Shahkira Parker Operational focal point
Senior Policy Advisor: International Governance Management
Ms. Lucia Motloung Operational focal point
Mr. Zaheer Fakir Operational focal point

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24 Jul 2023 / Six project agreements for climate action were signed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and its partners on the margins of GCF’s 36th Board meeting (10-13 July 2023), a record number for the Fund. Out of 12 projects formally approved at GCF’s 36th Board meeting, six project agreements, or Funding Activity Agreements (FAAs), have been signed just days later, demonstrating the Fund’s increasing speed in moving projects from approval to implementation on the ground.