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Increasing Sustainable Local Government Services | South Africa

  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Housing settlement with power distribution towers in background
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
  • Louis Berger supports water and power infrastructure in South Africa
Building government capacity to meet basic needs

South Africa, located at the southernmost tip of the African, is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and the second largest economy on the continent.

Challenge
The post-apartheid, democratically elected government of South Africa inherited immense challenges as a legacy of the unjust practices of the previous regime. The poor black majority was provided with minimal or no services, only rudimentary shelter and inadequate social and health facilities. Moreover, the government inherited a debt burden and an unsustainable government financial system made it difficult to deliver sustainable local government services to historically disadvantaged communities.

Solution
Working with South Africa’s Department of Provincial and Local Government (dplg) and the South African National Treasury, Louis Berger served as USAID’s implementing partner for the Increasing Sustainable Local Government Services Program. The program targeted impoverished municipalities and provided basic infrastructure, such as housing, water, sanitation, electricity, transportation and solid waste management systems, that improved lives and supported long-term development.

Program achievements included:

  • Delivering improved sanitation to more than 750,000 people.
  • Providing clean drinking water access to more than 3 million people. 
  • Planning and implementing a wide range of energy efficiency projects, which resulted in energy savings of more than 140 million kilowatt hours.
  • Planning and implementing efficiency and water resource management programs that resulted in water savings of 12 million kiloliters.
  • Mobilizing over $350 million for more than 250 water, sanitation and energy infrastructure projects by enhancing project planning, packaging, and implementation management skills and providing field-based technical assistance in municipalities. 
  • Building capacity to deliver local government services by training, in collaboration with dplg and others, more than 2,600 local government officials from 200 municipalities in all nine provinces. Key training modules included infrastructure procurement reform, project preparation, sustainable water and sanitation technology, solid waste management, and municipal infrastructure operations and maintenance.