Human Rights to Water Access in South Africa: Challenges and Critical Concerns




Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Water Access, Human Rights to Water, South Africa


Many scholars have written on the challenges of ensuring access to water in South Africa, and much research has been done on the national water policy of the South African Government, yet major challenges facing the water sector persist. This study presents a human rights approach as a theoretical foundation for investigating the basic right to water access, with a specific focus on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the three tiers of governance. Existing literature on the history of water access was explored regarding the global as well as the South African history of water rights. The main focus of this study was SDG no. 6, which is related to issues regarding water access in South Africa. The study concluded that the human right of having access to water is a crucial issue to be treated with caution by the government in order for the poor to have basic infrastructure.

Author Biography

Tinuade Adekunbi Ojo, University of South Africa

Graduate Student

Department of Development Studies

College of Human Sciences

University of South Africa.



How to Cite

Ojo, Tinuade Adekunbi. 2021. “Human Rights to Water Access in South Africa: Challenges and Critical Concerns”. Commonwealth Youth and Development 17 (2):11 pages.



Received 2018-06-14
Accepted 2020-04-07
Published 2021-03-09