The Centre for Social Sciences Research (CSSR) and the  Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa  (IDCPPA) at the University of Cape Town invites you to join us for a lunchtime seminar on 31 October 2023 presented by  with Dr. Bukiwe Ntwana at 12:45pm. 

About the Seminar:

The impact of informal settlement community leadership institutions on water and sanitation service delivery in informal settlements

Access to clean water and sanitation are some of the biggest challenges facing the majority of poor urban informal settlement occupants in most cities of the global South. Ensuring safe and clean drinking water and sanitation are available and accessible to informal settlements by government requires collaborative measures between municipalities and communities. Hence, informal settlement communities create community leadership institutions to represent their needs to government and other key stakeholders and to assist the settlements with acquiring water and sanitation and other basic services. However, without a binding guiding framework and a strong will-power from the communities, the community leadership institutions become self-serving and hinder the delivery of water and sanitation services in informal settlements. Using Marlboro South informal settlement as a case study, this presentation aims to highlight how the Marlboro Warehouse Crisis Committee obstructed the City of Johannesburg’s plans to upgrade and rezone the settlement and ensure that it has access to basic water and sanitation services.


Dr Bukiwe Ntwana is a Postdoc Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Political Studies Department. She holds a PhD in Public Management and Development from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her passion is geared towards conducting research that focuses on the unequal access to basic services and the livelihood conditions of the most impoverished and marginalised groups in society.

 31 October 2023
 12:45 - 14:00 SAST
  CSSR Seminar Room, 4.29 Robert Leslie Social Science Building, UCT

Hosted by the Centre for Social Science Research and the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa