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Transition in South African water governance : insights from a perspective on power

Nastar, Maryam LU and Ramasar, Vasna LU (2012) In Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 4. p.7-24
Abstract
After apartheid, South Africa has stepped up to the challenge of reforming an inequitable water service delivery system to meet the needs of all citizens. We frame this systematic societal change as a transition in water governance. We argue that when evaluating this pathway of transition, we should not only look at the changes in water legislation and number with improved access, but also analyze the quality of the water service delivery in terms of different payment schemes, participation by local citizens and conflicts around equality of water provision. By analyzing power in transition studies, we explore the power dynamics at play in two regions of Johannesburg, namely Alexandra and Soweto. The paper highlights the need to explicate... (More)
After apartheid, South Africa has stepped up to the challenge of reforming an inequitable water service delivery system to meet the needs of all citizens. We frame this systematic societal change as a transition in water governance. We argue that when evaluating this pathway of transition, we should not only look at the changes in water legislation and number with improved access, but also analyze the quality of the water service delivery in terms of different payment schemes, participation by local citizens and conflicts around equality of water provision. By analyzing power in transition studies, we explore the power dynamics at play in two regions of Johannesburg, namely Alexandra and Soweto. The paper highlights the need to explicate the politics of water service delivery and suggests opportunities to break the negative patterns in order to achieve equitable and sustainable water service delivery in South Africa. (Less)
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South Africa, power analysis, social mobilization, transition heuristic, water governance
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Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
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10.1016/j.eist.2012.05.001
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  author       = {Nastar, Maryam and Ramasar, Vasna},
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  keyword      = {South Africa,power analysis,social mobilization,transition heuristic,water governance},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {7--24},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions},
  title        = {Transition in South African water governance : insights from a perspective on power},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2012.05.001},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2012},
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