eThekwini Municipality/ South Africa – Water and sanitation provision

Catherine Sutherland, Michaela Hordijk, Bonang Lewis, Claudia Meyer & Sibongile Buthelezi (2014). Water and sanitation provision in eThekwini Municipality: a spatially differentiated approachEnvironment and Urbanization, Published online before print September 10, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0956247814544871 

Abstract

The rescaling of responsibilities in water governance in South Africa has enabled strong water services authorities, such as the eThekwini Water and Sanitation Unit (EWS) in eThekwini Municipality, to play a leading role in shaping water and sanitation policy in South Africa. Yet water governance in the city is complex, shaped by the interactions of multiple social, economic, political and environmental relations in a transforming, fast-growing city that still reflects the legacy of apartheid. This paper identifies and explores the four dominant water governance discourses evident at present in the municipality, namely “water as a human right”, “water as an economic good”, “the spatial differentiation of service provision” and finally, “experimental governance and incremental learning”, which frame the current approach adopted by EWS. These discourses provide the context for the reforms undertaken in water and sanitation provision post-apartheid in eThekwini Municipality.

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Details

Publication Type Journal article
Publisher Sage Journals
Year 2014
Author(s) Catherine Sutherland, Michaela Hordijk, Bonang Lewis, Claudia Meyer & Sibongile Buthelezi
DOI 10.1177/0956247814544871
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