Understanding Water Security at Local Government Level in South Africa

Editors: Meissner, R., Funke, N., Nortje, K., Steyn, M. (Eds.)

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  • Provides unique insights into the complex issue of water security in South Africa
  • Focuses on the peoples’ understanding of the concept of water security and whether they believe that the municipalities have achieved water security for all
  • Presents a new water security definition and typology, and offers valuable recommendations for future research
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This book provides unique insights into the complex issue of water security in South Africa. Based on qualitative research conducted through face-to-face structured interviews and focus group discussions with individuals, traditional leaders, municipal officials, researchers, businesspeople and farmers in the two local governments – the Sekhukhune District and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipalities – it focuses on the peoples’ understanding of the concept of water security and whether they believe that the municipalities have achieved water security for all. The research is supported by water security-related statistics, particularly those pertaining to water quality and quantity, and an extensive literature review for the concept of water security. In addition to assessing the state of water security in both municipalities, the book presents a new water security definition and typology, and offers valuable recommendations for future research.


About the authors

Richard Meissner is a Senior Researcher at the Natural Resources and Environment Unit, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa. He holds a D.Phil. in International Politics and specialises in a number of areas ranging from water security at the local government level to the analysis of transboundary river basins.

Karen Nortje is a Senior Researcher at the CSIR. Her key competencies lie in researching and understanding socio-economic and socio-cultural issues, and conducting research at the local and individual level of society. Her expertise includes understanding community organisation, working with communities at the local and regional level, and gauging social, cultural, and socio-economic impacts.

Maronel Steyn holds an M.Tech. in Environmental Health. She has considerable experience in water and health-related research projects examining e.g. chemical and microbiological human health risk, environmental epidemiology, drinking water treatment, wastewater reuse, health economics, burden of disease, and health-related guideline development.

Nikki Funke is a Senior Researcher at the Integrated Water Solutions Research Group, CSIR. Her particular strength lies in the critical analysis of the governance, institutional and policy dynamics of the South African water and environmental sectors. She also has experience in scenario and strategy development, and has a strong interest in the development of a theory-based understanding of evidence-informed decision-making in South Africa.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Water Security and South Africa

    Steyn, Maronel (et al.)

    Pages 1-44

  • An Analysis of International and South African Discourses and Perspectives on Water Security

    Funke, Nikki (et al.)

    Pages 45-71

  • The Perceived State of Water Security in the Sekhukhune District Municipality and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

    Meissner, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 73-134

  • Beyond Water Quality and Quantity: A Typology Towards Understanding Water Security in South Africa

    Nortje, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 135-159

  • Towards an Individual-Centred Water Security Theory

    Meissner, Richard

    Pages 161-165

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Hardcover 57,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Water Security at Local Government Level in South Africa
Editors
  • Richard Meissner
  • Nikki Funke
  • Karen Nortje
  • Maronel Steyn
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02517-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02517-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02516-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 165
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 61 illustrations in colour
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