Webinar | Self-supply – lessons from Harrismith’s ‘Water Heroes’

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Webinar | Self-supply – lessons from Harrismith’s ‘Water Heroes’

17th November 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and the Mail & Guardian invite you to the

Water Rights Webinar Series

Self-supply – lessons from Harrismith’s ‘Water Heroes’

“Maluti-a-Phofung – a community doing it for themselves” is one of four cases in SERI’s Claiming Water Rights in South Africa research series. The case documents the efforts of an unusual coalition of residents and community leaders – known as the Harrismith Water Heroes – who, in the face of continued poor service delivery, took it upon themselves to fix their town’s water infrastructure.  The Maluti-a-Phofung municipality is by no means unique, and increasing numbers of residents in rural areas, informal settlements and small towns across the country rely on self-provisioned water supply as municipal services fall into deeper disarray. Where government is not able to provide water services, should it enable residents to provide their own services? What are the implications and risks of self-supply? What must be done to address municipalities’ failure to provide adequate water services?

When:  Tuesday, 17 November 2020; 10h30-12h00 via Zoom

Who:   Sam Twala (Chairman, Harrismith Water Heroes) • Neil McLeod (former Head, eThekwini Water and Sanitation, eThekwini Metro) • John Butterworth (Director, IRC’s Global Hub, self-supply expert) • Bongekile Macupe (Journalist, Mail & Guardian) • Facilitated by Alana Potter (Director Research and Advocacy, SERI).

RSVP:  Register for the Zoom webinar here by 16 November 2020.


  • Download the invitation here.

Launched reports:

  • Download the synthesis report here.
  • Download the uMgungundlovu case study here.
  • Download the Marikana informal settlement case study here.
  • Download the Makana case study here.


17th November 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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