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Municipal capacity: Western Cape tops the list

Last Wednesday, the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) released its State of Municipal Capacity Report (SMCR) for the 2010/11 financial year. The report is a bigger, beefier piece of analysis than previous editions of the SMCR, and it could be a...

Mangaung tops municipal debt list

At the end of June this year, the end of the 2011/2012 financial year, metro municipalities in South Africa were owed R46.1 billion. The amount for all municipalities in the country is R77.5 billion. Households remain the biggest culprit,...

Access denied: taps run dry in the Free State

Resident of Botshabelo in the Free State are risking their lives daily to access water after their taps ran dry two weeks ago. Women with children brave an almost 2 km walk to nearby hills to fetch ‘filthy water’ from wells and streams....

Bethlehem hydro leads the way

The Bethlehem hydro project obtained the first, non-consumptive, water-use licence for a hydro power station under the Water Act. Water&Sanitation Africa looks at the highlights of this groundbreaking project. The Bethlehem hydro is a truly...