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Urban water supply, sanitation and social policy: lessons from Johannesburg, South Africa

Jo Beall, Owen Crankshaw and Susan Parnell

in World poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0011
Urban water supply, sanitation and social policy: lessons from Johannesburg, South Africa

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This chapter examines policies to improve urban water supply and sanitation in the poorest countries. Johannesburg provides the case study. The city is posed with the challenge of meeting ‘the pressing service needs of burgeoning numbers of historically disadvantaged urban dwellers, without compromising the standards of services and supply to better-off rate-paying citizens’. The limited ablution facilities, which are used by women and children as well as men, are associated with the worst humiliations of abject living conditions, such as lack of privacy, hygiene, and basic dignity. The case shows how the Johannesburg authority was trying to make the best of an inheritance of extreme inequality, as well as the unrealisable expectations of both the majority of the South African population and the international financial agencies.

Keywords: urban water supply; sanitation; Johannesburg; ablution facilities; hygiene; extreme inequality

Chapter.  8626 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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