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The Department is very aware that the use of water is tied closely to peoples livelihoods, and that many existing users are contributing to economic growth and job creation. Because of this any curtailments to existing water use will be approached with caution.

The Strategy for Water Allocation Reform, September 2008 [PDF - 221 KB] outlines some underlying principles for the reallocation of water

Principle 1
The primary focus of water allocation processes is to redress past race and gender imbalances in water use.

Principle 2
Water allocation processes must be supported by capacity development programmes that promote the productive and responsible use of water by all users.

Principle 3
The water allocation process must contribute to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and gender equity by facilitating access by black- and women-owned enterprises to water.

Principle 4
The water allocation process must respond to local, provincial and national planning initiatives, as well as to South Africa's international obligations and regional SADC initiatives.

Principle 5
The water allocation process must be undertaken in a fair, reasonable and consistent manner and existing lawful uses must not be arbitrarily curtailed.

Principle 6
The water allocation process must allow for the protection of water resources by promoting the phased attainment of both developmental and environmental objectives.

Principle 7
Where water is reallocated the potential changes in waste discharge or non-point source impacts should be considered.

Principle 8
Mechanisms that reduce the administrative burden of authorising water use must be implemented.


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