Inventory and analysis of financing mechanisms for Domestic Water Services in the rural areas of the Olifants river Basin, South Africa. Six-month internship study. I- Background of the research. The Limpopo river basin: one of the basins where the MUS project is implemented
Six-month internship study
Former homelands area
Olifants river basin
Limpopo Province demarcation
“Theoretical” institutional organization is very clear but the situationon the ground is evolving slowly and is not yet stabilized
- networks are currently being transferred from DWAF to WSAs, and contracts are discussed to share the management with Water Boards (Sekhukhune DM) and water services providers.
- progress of transfer varies a lot among WSAs
- important diversity of situations encountered probably due to diversity of the progress of transfer and of local contexts
- Most of the networks were formerly managed by DWAF. When it is not the case, technical and financial information are not available
- Use of DWAF functional assessment data (2003) to describe the networks currently in use in the studied area
- First findings: huge heterogeneity of networks, and no clear effects of technical characteristics on costs
- Uncertainty on methods used to assess costs and on origin of data
- Consciousness of WSAs representatives of the use of domestic water for other purposes (gardening, small businesses)
- Special bylaws will be implemented
- Currently, MUS is not a priority (priority= reach basic supplies and regulation needs.