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SIBU and the crisis of water service delivery in Sannieshof, North West Province

C Gouws, I Moeketsi, S Motloung, G Van Greuning, Llewellyn van Zyl
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 6, No 1 | a123 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v6i1.123 | © 2010 C Gouws, I Moeketsi, S Motloung, G Van Greuning, Llewellyn van Zyl | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 March 2016 | Published: 04 April 2010

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C Gouws, CuDyWat - Cultural Dynamics of Water, South Africa
I Moeketsi, CuDyWat - Cultural Dynamics of Water, South Africa
S Motloung, CuDyWat - Cultural Dynamics of Water, South Africa
G Van Greuning, CuDyWat - Cultural Dynamics of Water, South Africa
Llewellyn van Zyl, CuDyWat - Cultural Dynamics of Water, South Africa

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Abstract

In 2007 the residents of the town of Sannieshof in North West Province declared a dispute with the Tswaing Local Municipality on the grounds that the state of local service delivery left much to be desired. The ratepayers then formed the Sannieshof Inwoners Belastingbetalers Unie (SIBU) which literally took over the functions of local government of the town, functioning as a local government within a local government.

This article provides a historical narrative of the conflict between SIBU and Tswaing Local Municipality, a dispute which was taken as far as the provincial High Court. Then follows an outline of conditions in Sannieshof and the townships of Agisanang and Phelindaba. Attention is given to the perceptions of local residents on the prevalent conditions, specifically in respect of water supply and sanitation service delivery. In the third section there are some theoretical perspectives on political culture, socialisation and happiness. A debate is provided on how these phenomena manifest under existing conditions in Sannieshof, and more particularly, in its adjacent townships of Agisanang and Phelindaba.


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Sannieshof Inwoners Belastingbetalers Unie (SIBU); North West Province; service delivery; water supply; sanitation; Tswaing Local Municipality

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