Exploring the nature of water crisis in Ipelegeng township, South Africa
Water is fundamental for economic, environmental and social advancement. However, globally, water is becoming a scarce resource, especially for household usage. Some communities without adequate water supply have to walk long distances in search of the precious liquid, putting their health at risk of water-related diseases. Others go for days without water. In South Africa, some communities find themselves in similar situations of inadequate water supply. This study, therefore, sought to explore the nature of water crisis in Ipelegeng Township, in South Africa. This qualitative study used primary and secondary data gathering methods and the data was analysed through thematic analysis and basic survey analysis. The study revealed that the water crisis in Ipelegeng is man-made, with temporary alternative ways of supplying water to the community through water tanks proving not only ineffective but also riddled with corruption. There is therefore, need to invest in permanent water supply system, because the water sources are already there. Further study, is needed into the role of community committee in managing resources such water sources both temporary and permanent.
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