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Media Advisory: SAHRC to engage with Water Service Authorities in Limpopo

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Access to water is a fundamental human right which is enshrined in section 27(1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. In the provision of water, particularly to domestic households, municipalities, designated as Water Services Authorities (WSAs) in terms of the Water Services Act (1997) play a crucial role. Regrettably, some WSAs in the country are severely challenged and struggle to fulfil this important constitutional and statutory obligation of providing water to all households within their jurisdictions.

Guided by its mandate, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has conducted several investigative inquiries in the provinces of KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. These inquiries have all found that factors such as lack of sufficient skills; lack of planning; cost recovery; and lack of proper execution of duties as required by the Water Services Act are some of the underlying root causes inhibiting WSAs from complying with their constitutional and statutory obligations.

In the spirit of a constitutional dialogue and in exercising cooperative control, the Commission has partnered with the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University) to develop the South Africa Water Justice Tracker Project. The Water Justice Tracker will be a Geographic Information System based online tool containing information on the progressive realisation of the right to water by WSAs. The Water Justice Tracker will serve a dual role. Firstly, it will be an accountability mechanism enabling people to hold WSAs to account for their delivery on the right to water. Secondly, it will enable WSAs to introspect and take stock on how they are progressing in fulfilling the right to water.

As part of this project, the Commission and Wits University will hold a stakeholder engagement with all ten WSAs in Limpopo to consult on the accuracy of the developed profiles.

The stakeholder engagement will be taking place as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Venue: Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane


Although the stakeholder engagement is a closed session, members of the media can contact the Provincial Manager on the details below to get the outcomes of the engagement.







For further information contact SAHRC Limpopo Provincial Manager, Mr Victor Mavhidula on Tel: 015 291 3500 / 076 780 1500 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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