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How much is enough? The right to food, water and sanitation in South Africa

07 August 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Date:    7 August 2018   
Time:     12:30 – 14:00 
Venues:     Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Presenter:    Mr Thabani Mdlongwa and     Ms Thobekile Zikhali, DGSD

Chairperson: Dr Michael Cosser, DGSD

The presentation is available for download below:

Continued poverty, inequality and exclusion have led South Africans to doubt the adequacy of our Constitution, its institutions, its ability to realise social change and the legitimacy of the underlying constitutional settlement. HSRC research shows that while decisions by the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal have on the whole contributed to the realisation of socio-economic rights (SERs) and to reductions in poverty and deprivation, these decisions are not always fully implemented. More can be done to provide government and the courts with clear and convincing evidence to enable faster and fuller realisation of SERs.

The HSRC has initiated a project – the Transformative Governance Index (TGI) – to encourage a multi-stakeholder process to help spur social accountability for tackling these priorities. The TGI aims to identify, commission and undertake collaborative research to inform evidence-based policies that target the transformation of economic and social relationships. This evidence will also help to provide clear guidance regarding the ‘minimum core’ content of SERs intended to address fundamental human rights, needs and well-being, and to track progress. In the second of several seminars, the HSRC’s Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme (DGSD) will present for discussion a set of draft indicators on three critical SERs: food, water and sanitation.

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town : HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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