SOAS University of London

Managing the right of access to water in South Africa: Facing the challenges

Michael Kidd
Speaker: Professor Michael Kidd, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Date: 9 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 9 October 2017Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT (Senate House)

Type of Event: Lecture

The lecture will discuss the right of access to water in South Africa; which bodies are responsible for providing this right (mainly local government) and the various challenges that are currently presenting themselves in South Africa: drought, polluted water, acid mine drainage, untreated sewage, to name the main ones. The main focus of the talk will be on the legal mechanisms that can be used to attempt to fulfil the right, but it will highlight that law alone cannot provide access to water and various other requirements, such as adequate finance and other resources, are required as well.

Michael Kidd is Professor of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He specialises in environmental law, water law and administrative law. He is the author of a leading text 'Environmental Law' (second edition in 2011) and has written numerous articles in the fields mentioned above. He is the Chair of one of South Africa's largest environmental NGOs WESSA.

This event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room SALT (Alumni Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Senate House) – All Welcome

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