Submitted by: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Implemented country: South Africa
Title: Masibambane Water Services Sector Support Programme
Masibambane Project is a two-phase joint programme (2001-2004, 2005-2009) of the South African Government, EU and Ireland. The overall objective is to improve the quality of life and contribute to poverty eradication in rural communities in Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Kwa Zulu-Natal through provision of basic water and sanitation services. 35% of the population (14 million people) were without safe water and 53% (21 million people) without basic sanitation. By March 2004 the water sector had delivered water to 13.5 million people. The sanitation backlog had been reduced from 53% to 37% (e.g., replacement of bucket toilets). By March 2005, 15 million people were served with water (standard: within 200 meters from the home), leaving only 8% of the South African population without any access to safe water. In addition, free basic water of six kilolitres/household/month is being provided to about three quarters of households that have the infrastructure to supply potable water. Regarding sanitation, the target is to replace 300.000 bucket toilets/year.