Water privatisation in South Africa

Water Privatisation In South Africa

Water privatisation in South Africa

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Water privatisation in South Africa is a contentious issue, given the history of denial of access to water and persisting poverty (see Water supply and sanitation in South Africa).Water privatization has taken many different forms in South Africa. Since 1996 some municipalities decided to involve the private sector in water and sanitation service provision through short-term management contracts, long-term concession and contracts for specific services such as wastewater treatment. Most municipalities continue to provide water and sanitation services through public utilities or directly themselves. Suez of France, through its subsidiary Water and Sanitation Services South Africa (WSSA), and Sembcorp of Singapore, through its subsidiary Silulumanzi, are international firms with contracts in South Africa. According to the Managing Director of Silulumanzi "the South African water market is still in its infancy and municipalities are unsure of how to engage the private sector."

Dolphin Coast (iLembe). In January 1999, the Siza Water Company (SWC) became the first private company to manage a water and wastewater utility in South Africa. Under a groundbreaking 30-year concession contract, SWC assumed responsibility...
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