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Privatisation of water systems: Crime against humanity

Titus R. Mobie, Maake Masango
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a325 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.325 | © 2009 Titus R. Mobie, Maake Masango | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2009 | Published: 23 November 2009

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Titus R. Mobie, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Maake Masango, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article emphasises the importance of water resources, which are vital to the sustenance of life. Water is essential for various reasons: for drinking, for personal hygiene, for cooking, for watering crops, for cleaning our homes etc. One can therefore conclude that, without this vital resource, there is no life. It is for this reason that God, giver of life, gave water as a gift – free – both to humanity and to the rest of creation, so that we may all achieve fullness of life. This article challenges the fact that, because of the insistence of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on the privatisation of water supplies where the poorest of the poor are unable to pay, these people are cut off from water supplies and are deprived of the right to the fullness of life. The author emphasises that there is no life without water, that water resources are a gift from the creator and should therefore be made accessible to all, rich and poor alike.


privatisation; irrigation; water supply; sanitation; life


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