The Operation “Gcin’amanzi” (Zulu for “water conservation”) in Soweto is one of the ocuntry’s most ambitious water-related projects. In post-apartheid South Africa the project was essential. Since the fall of the segregationist regime the country has been forging its new identity, navigating between economic imperatives and the vast social inequalities that threaten to undermine the new South African society. Public services such as water, electricity, housing and transport are prime concerns.
The way it was implemented showed flagrant disregard for the people it affected.