Water awarded as a right in South Africa

OAKLAND, California — No longer must residents of South Africa’s low-income neighborhoods — such as Phiri and Soweto — prepay for their water and suffer disconnection. For the first time in the nation’s history, a high court has ruled in favor of providing poorer citizens with 50 liters of water per day.

In recognition of the landmark ruling, the Business Ethics Network honored the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg a third place BENNY award for their leading roles in the court’s decision.

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Source: The Pacific Institute, Business Ethics Network