Stream Flow Reduction Allocations, is a Subdirectorate of
the Directorate: Water Utilisation within the Department of Water Affairs
& Forestry of South Africa. The main task of this section is to
assess and manage the impacts of Stream Flow
Reduction Activities (SFRAs) on the water resources in the country.
A new licensing system, called the Stream Flow Reduction
Allocations (SFRA) Water Licensing System is now in place. It
has replaced the Afforestation Permit System (APS) which had been under use
since 1972. This system is controlled and regulated by this Subdirectorate.
The SFRA Water Use Licensing Systems captures the history
or record (in digital format) on where the plantations are, what kind of
species the plantation has, the size of the planted area, when was the
license(s) issued, the personal details of the applicant and other
attributes which are included in the application.
The afforestation licenses are captured from the
topographic maps provided as attachments to the applications and stored on a
Geographic Information System (GIS). These licenses are captured using the
cadastral farm boundaries as a background. This process started in 1999 with
the aim of covering the mostly afforested provinces, i.e. KwaZulu-Natal,
Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Northern Province. To date, three
provinces (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape) have been covered
and is envisaged that all afforested provinces (Regions) will be covered by
the end of February 2002.