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South Africa Plans State Water Utility to Lure Private Funds

  • New agency may be operational in 2023, water department says
  • Entity may ease pressure on state to finance water provision
A resident hand washes clothing at a communal tap in the Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa.
A resident hand washes clothing at a communal tap in the Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa.Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa has begun the process of establishing a new utility to help it entice private investment in infrastructure needed to head off potentially crippling water shortages.