n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Conflict and raising water prices in Egypt and South Africa - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2013, Issue 07
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In the northern and southern extremes of the African continent, both Egypt and South Africa are considering raising the price of water for consumers. The rationale for higher prices in both countries comes as Egypt contends with a water deficit of 8 billion cubic metres, whilst South Africa is close to utilising all of its available water capacity. These are worrying trends as the populations of both nations are growing. Both African countries share a historical tendency towards under-pricing water, a common feature of many developing nations, which often require municipalities to bear the deficits incurred by their water utilities.

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