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Factors affecting the effectiveness of pro-poor urban water service delivery in post-apartheid South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-07 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-21T18:16:11Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-21T18:16:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1962
dc.description Paper presented at the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) Biennial Conference, UNISA, Pretoria, 10-12 September en
dc.description.abstract The birth of democracy in 1994 resulted in a massive law reform process which brought much optimism in South African water resource governance structure. These reforms have included a pro-poor oriented water service delivery system to redress the inequalities experienced by the poor during the apartheid regime. However, although a lot of financial resources have been used to improve water security amongst the poor, water access amongst the poor still remains a substantial developmental challenge. Social protests over water access have reached unprecedented levels in the post-apartheid era. The broad objective of the paper is to identify and assess pro-poor interventions in water service delivery in urban areas. Given the plurality of pro-poor mechanisms to ensure access to water, a special focus is made on the Free Basic Water policy to illustrate how the manner in which policies are formulated and implemented can affect service delivery. The role that municipalities play in water governance and how this subsequently impacts on the effectiveness of these policies and mechanisms is interrogated. The paper finds that the municipality as the sphere of government tasked with urban water service delivery lacks financial independence and is in itself fraught with various operational challenges. Supply side oriented reforms and neoliberal policies are also criticised for not taking cognisance of the needs of the poor, particularly as envisaged under a democratic developmental state. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject URBAN COMMUNITIES en
dc.subject URBAN RENEWAL AND DEVELOPMENT (URD) en
dc.subject WATER SERVICE DELIVERY en
dc.subject POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA en
dc.title Factors affecting the effectiveness of pro-poor urban water service delivery in post-apartheid South Africa en
dc.type Conference or seminar papers en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8635 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=15456 en
dc.outputnumber 7398 en
dc.bibliographictitle Zikhali, T. (2014) Factors affecting the effectiveness of pro-poor urban water service delivery in post-apartheid South Africa. (Paper presented at the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) Biennial Conference, UNISA, Pretoria, 10-12 September). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1962 en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Zikhali, T. en


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