Water utilization and population demography in South Africa: key ethical and human rights issues

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dc.contributor.author Mugabi, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-23T09:14:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-23T09:14:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8793
dc.description MMed,Bioethics and Health Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand en_US
dc.description.abstract Access to sufficient water is a constitutionally recognized right in the Republic of South Africa as well as being a Universal Human Right. Despite this however, the world wide population numbers are ever growing and water is known to be finite. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights gives South African citizens the right to reproductive choices. South Africa is a water stressed country, with three forces feeding into availability of freshwater, namely; climate change, demographic factors, and policies. Currently, the problem of accessing safe freshwater is under question. This is presents a problem as the Constitution also addresses the right to a healthy environment. Uncontrolled population growth is detrimental to environmental integrity. It is arguable as to whether it is possible to conserve the environment, and at the same time realize human reproductive rights as envisioned in the Constitution. In this research report I reflect on the state of water and environmental resources in view of the right to procreate. I suggest that environmental education could play a major role in finding “the right balance”. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject water en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject demography en_US
dc.subject population en_US
dc.title Water utilization and population demography in South Africa: key ethical and human rights issues en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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