The Mvula Trust Model

Davids, Philip David
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There are large water services backlogs in rural areas in South Africa. The local sphere of government has the responsibility to provide basic water services to all people. In addition national government has introduced strategies to substantially fast-track water services delivery to the poor. To expedite the reduction of water services backlogs, there is a need for alternative municipal services delivery models. Despite government policies for civil society participation in developmental strategies, municipalities are reticent to enter into services delivery partnerships with civil society organisations. Sufficient theoretical and practical evidence exists to support the notion of municipal community partnerships. The study demonstrates the potential role of civil society organizations in water services partnerships with municipalities to eliminate services backlogs, thus improving social capital between municipalities and communities. This is a qualitative research study of the Tshiungani II village community management of the local water scheme in partnership with the Mutale Local Municipality. It demonstrates effective services management by the village water committee over time, and the resultant good will that emanates from such a municipal-community partnership. This model lends itself to replication in similar rural settings throughout the country, and could contribute substantially towards expediting water services delivery to rural communities.
Mvula Trust Model, Rural water services, Water, Models