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South Africa

Based in Pretoria, our regional team provides support, advice and guidance for our programs across Southern Africa.
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2.3 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.

650M

650 million people in the world don't have access to safe water.

315K

Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day.

The South Africa team helps to coordinate our operations across Southern Africa from our regional office in Pretoria.

Our approach

In 2012, WaterAid established a regional office in Pretoria, South Africa. This office is a base for building strong partnerships with the South African Government and other influential stakeholders.

Our team supports governments in the Southern Africa region to bring water, sanitation and hygiene services to everyone.

The four countries in our Southern Africa region are Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. We are also establishing new programs of work in Swaziland, Lesotho and Angola. In Lesotho, we have already started to deliver some services through our partner the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry.

Most of the regional team are based in Rietfontein, Pretoria. The office is hosted by the Water Research Commission which focuses on researching low-cost technologies for water, sanitation and hygiene in South Africa.

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Safe water and sanitation access would save lives

New WaterAid report says 2.5 million lives would be saved every year. 

Apr 17, 2012
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Report calls for developing countries to increase spending on water and sanitation.

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