Recreational Water Use Manual, October 2007 (second release) [all documents in PDF format]

1. Introduction and Overview

The Recreational Water Use Manual (RWUM) consists of Policies, Regulations, Guidelines and Delegations of Authority, collectively dealing with the regulation, management and control of recreational water use in terms of the National Water Act (NWA), 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998).

In addition, links are provided to other relevant information and references (refer item 6) that supports the implementation of the RWUM and recreational water use operational policy.

Recreational water use (i.e. using water for recreational purposes in terms of Section 21(k) of the NWA) means the use of water for recreational purposes and includes all activities that require the use of water, including the surface of water, for –

(a) the exclusive purpose of sport, tourism or leisure;
(b) personal or commercial recreational water use; or
(c) activities which contribute to the general health, well-being and skills development of individuals and society.

The RWUM main series consists of two sub-series of documents: ‘Program’ and ‘Administrative’. Documents in the ‘Program’ sub-series are for both external and internal consumption. Those in the ‘Administration’ sub-series are primarily to direct and define DWAF’s internal processes and procedures.

The main series is denoted by a three digit alpha code ‘RWU’, followed by a code indicating the type of document (‘O’ for Policy, ‘R’ for Regulations, ‘G’ for Guideline, ‘D’ for Delegation), followed by the sub-series code: ‘P’ for the Program series and ‘A’ for the Administrative, followed by numeric numbering (e.g. RWU OP1).

A list of acronyms employed in the RWUM documents has been included under item 4.1 (RWU GP1).

2. Policies

These documents contain statements of direction and principles, establish goals and objectives, and define the broad framework in which the recreational water use program accomplishment will occur. Policies are authorised by the relevant Management Committees of DWAF.

2.1  Program

SERIES

SUBJECT

STATUS

RWU OP1

Operational Policy for Recreational Water Use

Approved April 2004

RWU OP2

Managing Recreational Water Use:  Transfer of Functions to Public Sector Bodies

In draft

RWU OP3

Tourism Public Private Partnerships:  Strategic Plan for Commercialisation, April 2009

Approved April 2009

3. Regulations

Regulations set out the official rules and standards as how certain aspects of the NWA are to be implemented or undertaken.

3.1 Program

SERIES

SUBJECT

STATUS

RWU RP1

Government Notice R.654

Published May 1964

RWU RP2

Regulations for the Use of Water for Recreational Purposes

Draft, to be promulgated

4. Guidelines

Guidelines contain official rules and instructions that direct the implementation of recreational water use functional areas and set the way of implementing actions to achieve a desired result.

4.1 Program

SERIES

SUBJECT

STATUS

RWU GP1

List of Acronyms

As at 06/12/2006

RWU GP2

Guidelines for the Compilation of Resource Management Plans

Draft

RWU GP2.1

Strategies to Align Resource Management Plans with other Government Planning Frameworks

To be completed

RWU GP2.2

Methodology for Determining Carrying Capacity

Draft

RWU GP3

Communication and Capacity Building Strategy for Recreational Water Use

Approved September 2007

RWU GP4

Considerations on the Institutional Arrangements for Managing Recreational Water Use

Approved September 2005

RWU GP5

Guidelines for Recreational Water Use Authorisation

Approved October 2006

RWU GP6

South African Water Quality Guidelines, Volume 2: Recreational Water Use

Second Edition, 1996

4.2 Administrative

SERIES

SUBJECT

STATUS

RWU GA1

Implementation Framework for the Operational Policy for Recreational Water Use

Approved September 2006

RWU GA2

Tourism Public Private Partnerships within DWAF:  Institutional Framework Report.

Approved February 2007

RWU GA2.1

Pro Forma Letter of Response:  Unsolicited Bids

Approved September 2006

RWU GA2.2

Business Case Template:  Unsolicited Bids

Approved September 2006

RWU GA2.3

Pro Forma Letter to Existing Commercial Operations

Approved August 2006

RWU GA3

Pro Forma Letter for Section 113 Access and Use for Recreational Purposes Approvals

Approved September 2006

RWU GA4

Performance and Compliance Management for Recreational Water Use

To be compiled

RWU GA5

Water Resource Safety Guidelines for Recreational Water Use

Draft

RWU GA6

Administration of Resource Management Plans

Draft

5. Delegations of powers and duties

Delegations entail the re-delegation of authorities held by the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry or the Director General in terms of the NWA.

5.1 Administrative

SERIES

SUBJECT

STATUS

RWU DA1

Delegations for the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998), Section 113

June 1999

6. Key Performance Areas

The following projects, documents and linkages pertain to the Key Performance Areas (KPAs) of the recreational water use operational policy of DWAF.

KPA

SUBJECT

Integrated Resource Planning, Management and Classification

Resource Management Plans

Safety

DWAF and Swimming South Africa Partnership
Small Vessel Safety Regulations, August 2007  [768 KB]

Authorisation

Public Private Partnership Toolkit for Tourism

Equitable Access

 

Capacity Building and Training

RMP Training Course, 16 – 17 August 2006

RMP Training Course, 26 August 2011

RMP Training Course, 28 September 2011

Institutionalisation and Linkages
Legal Framework
Monitoring, Evaluation and Information Management  


 
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