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Access to water, a fundamental right
In 1994, at the end of apartheid, 14 million out of the 40 million of South Africans did not have access to drinking water and 21 million did not have sanitation systems. South Africa enshrined in its constitution access to water as a fundamental right and adopted a reconstruction and development program to notably ensure the presence of a water point within a 656ft (200m) radius from any rural dwelling. However, in rural areas, 5 million people still have to collect water from rivers and distant sources.
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