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National Water Act, 1998

6 December 1999

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Regulations made under the Water Act, 1956 that are still applicable (despite the repeal of that Act) 

Controlled activities

General authorisations

Water management areas and catchment management agencies

Classes of water resources, water resource quality objectives and the determination of the reserve for water resources

Classes of water resources and water resource quality objectives

Reserve determinations 

Instructions to irrigation boards and water user associations

Draft regulations and Notices

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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