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Title:Cost recovery and the crisis of service delivery in South Africa
Editors:MacDonald, David A.ISNI
Pape, JohnISNI
City of publisher:London; New York
Publisher:Zed Books
ISBN:1842773305; 0796919976; 1842773313
Geographic term:South Africa
public sector
water supply
Abstract:The research in this book on cost recovery and municipal service delivery in South Africa forms part of a larger set of research activities under the auspices of the Municipal Services Project. The project's central research interests are the impacts of decentralization, privatization, cost recovery and community participation on the delivery of basic services to the rural and urban poor. The book is based on the hypothesis that cost recovery has contributed to the perpetuation of poverty and inequality in South Africa. The book begins with an overview of the theory and practice of cost recovery by David A. McDonald. This is followed by case studies on service delivery in three small towns in the Eastern Cape - Fort Beaufort, Queenstown and Stutterheim (Greg Ruiters), in Diepkloof, Soweto (Grace Khunou), in Madlebe, KwaZulu-Natal (Mthetho Xali), in Khayelitsha (Mthetho Xali) and Constantia (John Pape) in Cape Town, and in five small towns in the Northern Cape (Hameda Deedat). Next follows an analysis of the results of a national survey on attitudes towards, and experiences with, cost recovery, carried out in July 2001 (David A. McDonald). The final chapter by John Pape looks at alternatives to cost recovery. [ASC Leiden abstract]