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Study Approach

The study approach is based on interaction between the Technical Process and the Public Participation Process.


Public Participation Process

Strategic direction and guidance will be provided by the Study Steering Committee (SSC), comprising representatives of the Directorates: National Water Resource Planning, Options Analysis, Water Resource Planning Systems and Water Allocation, as well as representation from the DWS Regional Offices, other affected organs of state and representatives of stakeholder sectors (agriculture/ irrigation, industry, mining, urban and rural communities).

 The routine administration of the Study will be managed by the DWS Study Manager and PSP Study Leader.

The ongoing management and guidance of the Study is provided by the Study Management Team (SMT) comprising representatives of the Client and the PSP (Study Team). Members of the Study Management Team are listed under Reports and Documents.


Technical Process

The process begins with a review and summary of the previous studies and the current available information.

From the summary of studies and the list of options one will be able to identify which of the options appear definitely “unacceptable” because of technical findings from previous studies, political unacceptability, realities on the ground, etc. A screening workshop with the Key Stakeholders will be arranged for dividing the options into two groups, i.e. those that deserve further investigation (those with potential and those that are possibilities) and those that can be rejected outright.

The next action will be to look at all the options that need further investigations and decide what further information is necessary. Certain modelling scenarios will also be identified.

Once a clear picture is formed of which options need to be investigated, their feasibility will be determined. The environmental impacts of each promising option will also be assessed.

After having screened the options once again, and after determining the environmental impacts, the best options will be selected and the reconciliation strategies will be compiled.

The preliminary reconciliation strategy will be formulated halfway through the study and will contain obvious and “quick win” interventions. The final strategy will be delivered towards the end of the study after further investigations have been completed.

The Technical Process and the process of selecting the options in particular, will be conducted in consultation with the Key Stakeholders (Study Steering Committee) and public will be kept informed.

The following diagram depicts the interaction between Technical Process and the Study Steering Committee (Key Stakeholders):

(Key Stakeholders):

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