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Proposed classes of water resource and resource quality objectives for the Breede-Gourtiz and Mzimvubu Catchments

23 November 2018

On 23 November 2018, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published proposed classes of water resource and resource quality objectives for the Breede-Gouritz and Mzimvubu catchments in terms of the National Water Act, 1998 (NWA).

In terms of section 13 of the NWA, the Minister responsible for water affairs must for all or part of every significant water resource a class in accordance with the prescribed classification system and resource quality objectives. Section 15 of the NWA provides that the Minister, the Director-General, and organ of state and a water management institution, when exercising any power or performing any duty in terms of the NWA, must give effect to any determination of a class of a water resource and the resource quality objectives and any requirements for complying with the resource quality objectives.

Section 24 of 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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