The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has called for water users to stand up and take part in decisions that affect them through the formation of Catchment Management Agencies. Catchment management agencies are designed to protect, develop, conserve, control and guide the usage of specific water management areas, and should have appropriate community, racial and gender representation.
Of the 19 water management areas in the country located around South Africa's major rivers, only the Inkomati catchment area, which includes the southern section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) (Sabie and Crocodile Rivers), has an operational catchment management agency.
The other 18 catchment management agencies have been either gazetted for comment or are in the process of establishing a governing board. To find out more about how to participate in managing your area's water resources contact Silas Mbedzi on 012 336 8752 or visit www.dwaf.gov.za