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South Africa’s National Water Resource Strategy Progress Report June 2003 Bill Rowlston Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria.

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1 South Africa’s National Water Resource Strategy Progress Report June 2003 Bill Rowlston Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria

2 Objectives of the presentation To provide details of:- The Public Consultation Process;The Public Consultation Process; Changes to the Proposed NWRS as a result of comments received; andChanges to the Proposed NWRS as a result of comments received; and The anticipated programme to establishment of the National Water Resource Strategy, First Edition.The anticipated programme to establishment of the National Water Resource Strategy, First Edition.

3 The Public Consultation Process (1) The approach - 1.Make documents available to suit a range of abilities - Full Proposed NWRS pages (English)Full Proposed NWRS pages (English) Summary Proposed NWRS - 40 pages (English)Summary Proposed NWRS - 40 pages (English) Information document - 16 pages (11 languages)Information document - 16 pages (11 languages) Documents available in hard copy at 80 public places, and electronically via , on CD and from DWAF’s website About copies of PCP documents, and about 860 additional DWAF documents were provided to participants 2.National workshops, and public meetings, including “open house” discussion / information sessions 3.Media advertisements, announcements and press releases, and radio interviews

4 The Public Consultation Process (2) Purple: 80 Public places Pink: 3 Dry-run meetings Blue: 4 National workshops Green: 24 Public Consultation Meetings Red: Capacity building meetings Yellow: 39 Satellite meetings Document availability, workshops and public meetings

5 The Public Consultation Process (3) Orange: Paid media adverts Red: Announcement 50/50 Green: Radio interviews Yellow: Media releases Media advertisements, announcements and press releases, and radio interviews

6 The Public Consultation Process (4 ) The outcomes for DWAF - More than comments on individual chapters and parts of the Proposed NWRS - questions for clarity and suggestions for amendmentMore than comments on individual chapters and parts of the Proposed NWRS - questions for clarity and suggestions for amendment Capacity building among staff - understanding and “owning” the NWRSCapacity building among staff - understanding and “owning” the NWRS Interaction and communication with a wide range of stakeholders - improved understanding of problems and concernsInteraction and communication with a wide range of stakeholders - improved understanding of problems and concerns Interactions between the Pretoria National office and Regional offices - lessons and experiences sharedInteractions between the Pretoria National office and Regional offices - lessons and experiences shared National stakeholder database - more than namesNational stakeholder database - more than names 39 “satellite” meetings held by Regional offices - further information sharing meetings in progress and planned39 “satellite” meetings held by Regional offices - further information sharing meetings in progress and planned

7 The Public Consultation Process (5) The outcomes for stakeholders - Opportunity to be informed about and comment on the Proposed NWRSOpportunity to be informed about and comment on the Proposed NWRS Establishment / consolidation of relationships with DWAF staff, especially in the Regional OfficesEstablishment / consolidation of relationships with DWAF staff, especially in the Regional Offices Stakeholder reactions - Generally positive, but some negative sentiment about, among others:-Generally positive, but some negative sentiment about, among others:- - charges for water use - perceptions of bias in emphasis (eg. construction of dams vs demand side management) dams vs demand side management) - “privatisation” and commercialisation of water - Adequacy of the consultation process

8 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (1) The significant changes are presented for each Chapter and Part of the Proposed NWRS These are in addition to:- A language edit of the entire document for readabilityA language edit of the entire document for readability A review of the formatA review of the format Many minor re-writes to clarify meaning and sense arising from questions from the publicMany minor re-writes to clarify meaning and sense arising from questions from the public A general update of information to accord with developments since the Proposed NWRS was Gazetted in August 2002A general update of information to accord with developments since the Proposed NWRS was Gazetted in August 2002 Addition of a list of documents referred to in the NWRS, and other relevant reference materialAddition of a list of documents referred to in the NWRS, and other relevant reference material Improved cross-referencing between chapters and partsImproved cross-referencing between chapters and parts

9 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (2) Minister’s Introduction and Chapter 1 - Water Policy, water law and water resources management Clearer emphasis on commitments in respect of, for instance, achieving equity in water resources management (particularly iro gender mainstreaming), and contributing to the eradication of povertyClearer emphasis on commitments in respect of, for instance, achieving equity in water resources management (particularly iro gender mainstreaming), and contributing to the eradication of poverty Improved description of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and its implications, including greater prominence to international relationshipsImproved description of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and its implications, including greater prominence to international relationships Mention of and consonance with the outcomes of the August 2002 WSSDMention of and consonance with the outcomes of the August 2002 WSSD

10 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (3) Chapter 2 - South Africa’s water situation and strategies to balance supply and demand Improved description of the background to, application of and confidence in economic and demographic projectionsImproved description of the background to, application of and confidence in economic and demographic projections Improved representation of sectoral contributions to the national economy (GDP and employment), including inter-sectoral linkagesImproved representation of sectoral contributions to the national economy (GDP and employment), including inter-sectoral linkages New information on food security and food self- sufficiency in respect of irrigated agricultureNew information on food security and food self- sufficiency in respect of irrigated agriculture More comprehensive information on water quality and groundwaterMore comprehensive information on water quality and groundwater Incorporation of latest data on water requirements and availability (water balances)Incorporation of latest data on water requirements and availability (water balances)

11 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (4) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management Part 1 - Protection of water resources Improved descriptions of:-Improved descriptions of:- - The process to be used for classification, Reserve and resource quality objective determination resource quality objective determination - Resource-directed measures and source-directed controls and their relationships controls and their relationships - The relationships between water quality management and resource protection and resource protection - Remediation strategies

12 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (5) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management (cont’d) Part 2 - Water use Administratively simple(r) provisions for securing reliable supplies of water for rural livelihoodsAdministratively simple(r) provisions for securing reliable supplies of water for rural livelihoods Clarification on using water for recreational purposesClarification on using water for recreational purposes Part 3 - Water conservation and demand management Improved descriptions of sectoral strategiesImproved descriptions of sectoral strategies Emphasise links with WSDPs in the water services sectorEmphasise links with WSDPs in the water services sector In respect of control of invasive alien vegetation:-In respect of control of invasive alien vegetation:- - Describe approach to wattle jungles - Add programme and prioritisation for Working for Water Water

13 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (6) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management (cont’d) Part 4 - Water pricing and financial assistance Indication of the current (2003/4) magnitude of water use charges for each water management area and water use sector, and how they may increase in futureIndication of the current (2003/4) magnitude of water use charges for each water management area and water use sector, and how they may increase in future Updated description of the proposed Waste Discharge Charge SystemUpdated description of the proposed Waste Discharge Charge System Clearer description of revenue flow arrangements for water transferred between water management areasClearer description of revenue flow arrangements for water transferred between water management areas

14 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (7) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management (cont’d) Part 5 - Water management institutions A diagrammatic representation of the relationships between water management institutions and water services institutionsA diagrammatic representation of the relationships between water management institutions and water services institutions A description of the relationships between domestic water management institutions (DWAF, CMAs) and institutions for international water management (basin commissions)A description of the relationships between domestic water management institutions (DWAF, CMAs) and institutions for international water management (basin commissions) Information on the procedure for determining the composition of the governing boards of CMAsInformation on the procedure for determining the composition of the governing boards of CMAs Information on capacity building initiatives for newly-created water management institutionsInformation on capacity building initiatives for newly-created water management institutions

15 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (8) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management (cont’d) Part 6 - Monitoring and information No significant changes anticipatedNo significant changes anticipated Part 7 - Public safety No significant changes anticipatedNo significant changes anticipated Part 8 - Anticipated programme of implementation activities All programmed dates revised to accord with DWAF’s Strategic Plan, and taking account of resource availabilityAll programmed dates revised to accord with DWAF’s Strategic Plan, and taking account of resource availability Information about possible dam construction beyond the 2025 planning horizonInformation about possible dam construction beyond the 2025 planning horizon

16 Changes to the Proposed NWRS (9) Chapter 3 - Strategies for water resources management (cont’d) Part 9 - Financial implications Re-write to focus more on costs and revenues and less on DWAF budget structure and allocationsRe-write to focus more on costs and revenues and less on DWAF budget structure and allocations Chapter 4 - Complementary strategies Review the chapter contents, emphasis, etc, in the light of public comments (more than 100)Review the chapter contents, emphasis, etc, in the light of public comments (more than 100) Chapter 5 - Planning, co-ordination and co-operation Chapter 5 - Planning, co-ordination and co-operation Review of other relevant legislation to ensure completeness of coverageReview of other relevant legislation to ensure completeness of coverage Expand discussion of inter-governmental planningExpand discussion of inter-governmental planning Expand discussion of SADC Water Sharing ProtocolExpand discussion of SADC Water Sharing Protocol

17 Anticipated programme to establishment of National Water Resource Strategy, First Edition Review all comments and revise proposed NWRS: End-July 2003 Approval by Director-General: End-Aug 2003 Complete Comment Response Report: End-Aug 2003 Approval by Minister: Mid-Sept 2003 Approval by Cabinet: End-Oct 2003 Establish by Government Notice: Mid-Nov 2003 Distribute and make available NWRS and CRR: End-Nov 2003


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