n African Renaissance - Social justice in planning : access to adequate drinking water and contested belonging in emerging communities of Mangaung in post-apartheid South Africa

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



Access to adequate drinking water, a hotly contested issue of twenty-first century, is closely linked to concepts of citizenship and rights that are often reduced to mean entitlement to vote, welfare, ownership and disposal of property and legal redress in the case of any infringement on these rights. This paper interrogates the entanglement of citizenship with access to potable water in the context of South Africa's waterscape marked by historically profound inequality. The paper identifies challenges associated with access to adequate water, documents strategies devised by the people to address the water crises and outlines the implications for planners towards incorporating social justice into their practices in the context of sustainable access to water and food nexus in BRICS-PLUS.

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