UN Development Programme South Africa backs ‘dirty’ Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone

he saying that true life is stranger than fiction is borne out by the events leading to the endorsement of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) as the epitome of sustainable development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in early July. The endorsement follows the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the MMSEZ state-owned company and the UNDP after the zone’s environmental approval on 23 February

The UNDP memorandum of agreement was signed on 17 March, signalling negotiations on cooperation were underway prior to the release of the environmental approval. In February, the proposed mega-project SEZ was promoted at the Dubai Expo by a coterie of top brass from the department of trade and industry and other officials with its somewhat smaller (1320 megawatt as opposed to 3 300MW) but still mega-dirty carbon coal-fired power plant at its centre. 

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