About Dam Safety Office
The Dam Safety Office was established to implement and administer the DAM SAFETY
REGULATIONS (published in Government Notice R. 1560 of 25 July 1986) which became
fully effective in January 1987 and are still in force under the new National Water
Act, 1998 [NWA] (Act 36 of 1998) [PDF - 240 KB].
Only dams with a safety risk (i.e. dams with a maximum wall height that exceeds
5,0 m and with a storage capacity of more than 50 000 m3, or any other dam declared
as a dam with a safety risk) are subject to these Regulations.
Development, implementation and administration of dam safety legislation and policies.
Management of the dam safety programme.
Enforce/facilitate compliance with the dam safety legislation by dam owners.
Technical assessments of dam safety evaluation reports and the various licence applications
regarding construction of new dams or upgrading of existing dams. This includes
technical evaluation of design reports, design drawings, construction progress and
completion reports, operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals and emergency preparedness
Audit and monitor progress made with the dam safety programme.