This paper follows on from previous work on internal migration in South Africa and its political, social and economic implications, both in terms of the social realities of migrants and the broader political context within which internal migrants are located. This study focuses on the Cape Town urban area, and in particular the socioeconomic conditions of women migrants in urban townships. It emphasises a particular facet of the challenges facing women migrants, namely basic living conditions relating to water and sanitation and the related issue of housing, and how these conditions are mediated at the level of local and provincial government by service delivery policies that aim to reduce poverty and improve living conditions for informal housing dwellers, in particular women, and woman-headed households.
Thompson, L.; Matheza, T. Migrants and water service delivery in the Western Cape: a gendered analysis. University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville, 7535, South Africa (2005) 64 pp. ISBN 1-86808-602-X