HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
Budget Challenges II: Public Debt
Feb 18, 2019
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Charles Collocott

This is the second of three briefs on the challenges to be faced in the presentation of the 2019 Budget on 20 February. The first brief dealt with the economic environment surrounding the Budget. This brief deals with the problem of public debt. The third brief will deal with government revenue and expenditure and their policy implications.

Budget Challenges I: The Economic Environment
Feb 18, 2019
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Charles Collocott

This is the first of three briefs on the challenges to be faced in the presentation of the 2019 Budget on 20 February. It deals with the global and local economic environment. The second brief will discuss public debt and the third will deal with government revenue and expenditure and their policy implications.

Understanding water issues and challenges IV: Water infrastructure assessment
Feb 06, 2019
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Michelle Toxopeüs

The condition of water resource and supply infrastructure influences government’s ability to perform the functions prescribed by the National Water Act and the Water Services Act. This brief discusses the expert assessment of water infrastructure in South Africa and highlights key challenges to effectively managing it.

Understanding water issues and challenges III: Water boards and bulk water services
Feb 06, 2019
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Michelle Toxopeüs

Water boards are instrumental in providing bulk water services across the country. But failing governance, financial mismanagement and unpaid debt are severely hindering their ability to perform their functions effectively. These challenges, and the influence of municipal and departmental governance on the functioning of water boards, are discussed in this brief.

The state of sanitation and wastewater treatment services in South Africa
Feb 05, 2019
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Michelle Toxopeüs

Effective sanitation services contribute significantly to reducing health risks and protecting the environment. But accessing safe and dignified sanitation facilities has been a long-standing problem for many South Africans. This brief positions the duty to provide sanitation and wastewater treatment services in the context of water services generally, and evaluates the current condition of these services.

The institutional structure for delivering water services
Feb 05, 2019
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Michelle Toxopeüs

The Constitution affords everyone the right to access sufficient water. One way in which the Water Services Act gives effect to this right is by establishing the institutional framework necessary to ensure water services are delivered. This brief sets out the institutional structure established by the Act, and provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities designated to each institution.