In response to requests from Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) and its members, as well as from other supporters of the U.S....
Johannesburg metropolitan council and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, an international water company, signed a five-year management contract for the management of the council's water utility.
The South Africa Municipal Workers' Union condemned the move as "privatising the city's water to a multinational."
Anthony Still, executive director of Johannesburg water said the challenge facing the utility was to reduce unaccounted water from 40 percent.
The contract entails paying Suez Lyonnaise a fixed fee of R25m should it meet delivery targets and a R20m incentive for human resource development, capital expenditure, reducing sewer overflows and customer service.