Volume 5, Issue 5, November 2003

Strategic Framework for Water Services: Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity.

Eight years after the White Paper on Water Supply and Sanitation was published, the National Cabinet approved the strategic framework for Water Services on 17 September 2003. Much has been achieved and the White Paper was used a departure point in formulating the framework, but since 1994 the context has changed significantly.

Socio Economic Rights and Basic Municipal Services.

The socio-economic rights in the Bill of Rights bind all organs of state, including municipalities. These rights may also impose positive obligation. Through the delivery of basic services municipalities fulfil some of these obligations.

The Nelspruit Water Concession.

In 1999, the Nelspruit Transitional Local Authority contracted the British-based multinational BiWater to provide its water services for the next 30 years. This arrangement known as the Nelspruit Water Concession, is the first contract of its kind in the South African water sector.

From the Courts: Suitable Alternative Land Before Evictions.

Section 6(3) (c) of the Prevention of illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998 provides that when a court decides whether an eviction order is just and equitable, it needs to consider the availability of suitable alternative land. The main question is what is meant by this term.

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