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Title:A community approach to meeting basic needs for engineering infrastructure
Author:Wall, Kevin
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:popular participation
community development
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03036762
Abstract:That South Africa has, for an African country, a relatively high level of infrastructure is small consolation to the 23 percent of South Africa's urban population without adequate sanitation. This paper discusses the validity of a community approach to the development of urban infrastructure in the country. Such an approach would benefit the community not only in terms of products (such as engineering services) but also in terms of processes (such as income-generating employment, technical skills, and entrepreneurial opportunities). The aim of the approach is to simultaneously reduce the costs of infrastructure development, increase services, permit options chosen by the community, and create employment opportunities. This article outlines the components of a community approach and concludes that the approach has much merit. Bibliogr.