Social Justice Coalition Pushes for Access to Sanitation in Informal Settlements in South Africa

Publication Type: Case Studies

By Neil Overy (independent researcher). 

This case study was updated in 2013. The short summary and full version are available in English.

Formed in 2008, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is a coalition of civil society organisations in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. In response to reports from residents about the inadequate and unsafe conditions of sanitation facilities in the settlement, the SJC therefore launched the Clean and Safe Sanitation Campaign in 2010. The campaign aimed to ensure that the City Council properly maintained existing toilets and also provided additional clean and safe sanitation facilities in informal settlements. SJC’s campaign had several concrete achievements, such as the City’s introduction of a janitorial service for regular maintenance of flush toilets and standpipes. To achieve these gains, SJS relied on a multifaceted approach including extensive research, a legal strategy, media publicity targeting both poor and wealthy communities, protest, and some budget work.

The one page summary (November 2012), short summary (November 2012), and full version (November 2012) of this case study are available in English. The short summary case study (November 2012) is available in Spanish and French.