Last Updated:
18 Feb 2020

Using a Private Operator to Establish a Corporatized Public Water Utility

The management contract for Johannesburg Water

In post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa, the city water authority had fallen into disarray (a common situation with urban services). In 2001, a public-private partnership emerged as a way to bring new expertise and efficiency to the delivery of public utility services, where a five-year management contract successfully restored services, built local capacity, and helped put Johannesburg Water on a solid footing. This note reviews the project. 



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