n Historia - Comparing developments in water supply, sanitation and environmental health in four South African cities, 1840-1920

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Harri Maki
  • Source : Historia, Volume 55, Issue 1, May 2010, p. 90 - 109
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    SciELO SA
    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



Service delivery problems in South Africa's municipalities are currently one of the major hurdles the government of President Jacob Zuma has to grapple with. Complaints about water supply and sanitation often contribute as much as 60 percent to the discontent of urban residents with the lacklustre performance of local authorities. Many of these problems are directly related to a phase of unprecedented urbanisation in Africa, a continent which is currently urbanising faster than any other in the world.

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