The Maluti-a-Phofung communities and residents including business, farmers, and government entities are invited to participate in the MAP Water Provision Satisfaction Survey. With an estimated population of 350,000, the survey hopes to attract a minimum of 35,000 (10%) of the total population to share their experiences about access to water services in Maluti-a-Phofung.

At least 30 lucky participants stand to win “lucky draw” airtime and/or data from the social media marketing drive from 20 May 2020. And 20 lucky winners will be drawn from the telephonic interviews and manual surveys that will be conducted for 21 days from 22 May 2020 to 12 June 2020 by youth volunteers.

With the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality having a gender ratio of 54% females to 46% males, the survey hopes that girls and women who are the primary users of water will display higher participation in the survey than their male counterparts. After all, 50.9% of the households in the municipality are female-headed families.

The survey will be conducted by an independent team of researchers and social scientists under the leadership of an esteemed retired academic, Professor Cecil Bodibe, who served in the Executive Management of the University of South Africa. The research team also includes young graduates from IT, data analytics, geo-informatics, digital and media studies academic training background.

The digital and social media survey will be launched on 22 May 2020 and will run for 21 days up to 12 June 2020. The results of the survey will be publicly announced on 30 July 2020 to the MAP community as well as to the authorities. The survey results will hopefully assist the policy and decision-makers to be able to improve access to water services in the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality and all its people.