For our purposes we are interested in the Department of Water Afffairs and Forestry (now Department of Water Affairs since the advent of the Jacob Zuma administration) which is the custodian of water, the Department of Agriculture that is responsible for irrigation and extension, and the district municipality which provides water services, a function that DWAF also claims to have.
There was, however, no consistent pattern regarding the management of infrastructure that was directly managed by the DWAF suggesting different competencies on the part of the local DWAF personnel.
At the moment DWAF seems reluctan or unable to come up with strategies to operationalize the pro-poor legal provisions.
There was an overlap between DWAF, Limpopo Department of Agriculture, the local municipality, and NGOs in relation to service provision.
Extrapolated by DWAF to national policy, by reference to the RDP's short-term goal (20-30 lcd) and a 2001 census-derived household average, the six kilolitre amount allows 25 lcd in a household of eight (higher than the national average, but not locally sensitive).
More generally, in the absence of any formal regulation or intervention by DWAF on behalf of victims of iniquitous and inequitable practices, corporatised (but state-owned) water providers have implemented cost-recovery measures that violate constitutional protections.
za/cals (called DWAF answering affidavit on the website).
COGTA Minister, Sicelo Shiceka, last year instructed his Director General, Mr Elroy Africa, to urgently facilitate meetings with the DWAF
, the four main banks, NGOs and the private sector to develop a crisis strategy.
DWAF at provincial level, and the City of Cape Town at the local government level, proposed a set of options to a group of selected 'interested and affected parties' in a series of publicly advertised meetings.
A series of independent reports were commissioned from scientists, and economists and a social impact study was also done (WCSA Evaluation Report, Ninham Shand and DWAF 1997).
The final EIA document, also commissioned by DWAF from Ninham Shand, was publicly aired in 1996 and calls for comment were made.
The environmental NGOs opposed the dam in terms of three factors: the lack of demand management on the part of the CCT, the increase in cost to Cape Town's water supply, and environmental impacts to the whole of the Berg River system (EMG Letter to Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT) and DWAF July 29, 1999).