n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Water, civil engineers and multipurpose metropolitan government for the old Cape Peninsula municipalities : technical paper

Volume 40, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



The paper describes the moves towards unification early this century by the then 11 municipalities in the Cape Peninsula. In 1913, all the municipalities (with the exception of Wynberg)of the then metropolitan area unified, and additional areas were also incorporated. Thus the unified City Council of Cape Town inherited the water problems of each municipality and was forced to take action. The need for adequate water was the single most compelling reason for the unification of the small municipalities and the institution of one local government for the whole metropolitan area - this is the main finding of the paper. The paper highlights the role of civil engineering.

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