Public Participation in Infrastructure


Within the water value chain, the main PPP opportunities can be found in desalination, wastewater treatment and water reuse. For developing countries like South Africa, reliable funding from a public partner is key to closing the gap between expansion and access. There is, undoubtedly capacity to engage PPPs across a whole range of municipality types.


The Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Project Database by the World Bank has data on over 6,400 infrastructure projects in 137 low- and middle-income countries. The database is the leading source of PPI trends in the developing world, covering projects in the energy, transport, water and wastewater, ICT and Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sectors. Projects include management or lease contracts, concessions, greenfield projects, and divestitures.


PPPs can play an important part in getting the right private sector partners and technology, within consignments in which the private party is required to meet certain criteria. Private sector participation through PPPs is a necessary driver in addressing South Africa’s water infrastructure challenges.

These are the Water PPPs with the most industry potential:

  • Desalination plants

  • Wastewater (water reuse)

  • Groundwater extraction and aquifer recharger

  • Wastewater Treatment Works


MEB has the capacity and experience in infrastructure funding and implementation, that will allow organisations to maximise on proven technology and energy efficiency. Our mission is to help diversify infrastructure, with the most trusted water, wastewater and energy solutions, that are optimised for decentralisation and remote operation. Drop us an email today, for more information on our service and technology offering.

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