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Water SA

On-line version ISSN 1816-7950
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FUNKE, Nikki et al. Impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the South African water sector. Water SA [online]. 2024, vol.50, n.2, pp.231-235. ISSN 1816-7950.

An analysis of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the South African water sector is presented. The study identified and focused on three main themes: water revenue collection, water service delivery, and water sector operations. The Covid-19 pandemic negatively impacted these aspects and exacerbated pre-existing problems in the water provision landscape of South Africa. Business continuity management was identified as a top priority for water sector institutions in South Africa to ensure the continued provision of critical water services. In-depth case study research is recommended to establish how water sector institutions in South Africa dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic and how this can inform their disaster preparedness and management going forward.

Keywords : Covid-19 pandemic; water service delivery; water revenue; water sector operations; pandemic preparedness.

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