Magazine article New Internationalist

'Privatization Brings the Rain'

Magazine article New Internationalist

'Privatization Brings the Rain'

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A NEW AFRICAN Water Network was launched at the WSF to co-ordinate opposition to 'water privatization in all its forms'. 'Today we celebrate the birth of this network to resist the theft of our water, tomorrow we will celebrate access to clean water for all!' announced Virginia Setshedi of the South African Coalition Against Water Privatization.

Water privatization programmes in Africa have proved almost universally disastrous and costly. In one case, City Water, partially owned by Britain's Biwater, is suing the Tanzanian Government after its contract was revoked. Officials pulled the plug due to concerns about the quality of the service. 'Privatization has resulted in higher water bills and, in some cities, these have been compounded by large-scale disconnections of those who cannot pay,' said AI-Hassan Adam from the Ghana Coalition Against Water Privatization. …

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