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What is the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forum?

The Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forum or LTF is simply a forum of people comprised of all the stakeholders within the Catchment – this includes the public, industry, mining, agriculture and various governmental local and national authorities. This forum forms the first level of the hierarchical structure that will eventually lead to the formation of the Catchment Management Agency or CMA.

What is a CMA? A CMA is legal body that will be responsible for managing the water within their own area of jurisdiction. South Africa has been divided into 19 Water Management Areas, and each Water management Area will have its own CMA. This Catchment and Catchment forum falls within the Upper Vaal Water Management Area. The CMA will control various key functions such as the issuing of Water Use licenses in terms of Section 21 of the National Water Act, managing water quality in the Catchment, and addressing concerns raised by stakeholders including the public.


The LTF is therefore:

  • A group of concerned people who agreed, on a voluntary basis, to represent different perspectives of society in the CMA

  • A formal structure which is related to the CMA;

  • A place where co-operative and consultative management can take place;

  • A place where the participants gather information and provide/share information about aspects or issues regarding the environment or catchment;

  • A body that has the capability to make recommendations to the authorities and the Forum Management Structures on behalf of the broader body of role-players.

  • A pressure group;

  • An activist body;

  • A body which can prescribe or dictate certain actions to participants; and

  • A decision making body (by law the decision making is the role of the management structure of the CMA e.g. the CMA board and the CMA CEO).


The purpose of the Forum is to:


  • Facilitate and co-ordinate effective Water Resource Management in the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment.

  • Represent the interests of the interested and affected parties of the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment in the various management structures comprising the Upper Vaal CMA.

  • Provide a Forum where matters of common interest with respect to water resource management in the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment can be discussed.

  • Make specific recommendations on Water Resource Management issues to the authorities and Forum Management structures on behalf of the broader body of role-players.


What does the LTF do?

The following functions are to be performed by the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment Forum:


  • Ensure that the membership of the Forum reflects a broad range of perspectives from different sectors of society and a wide range of interests, and members must serve on it in this light.

  • Ensure that consultation with the broader base of interested and affected parties continues and that they be given the opportunity to comment on the Forum’s deliberations and recommendations.

  • Convene regular Forum Meetings and inform Forum members timeously of such arrangements.

  • Start, maintain and promote a program to raise awareness on Water Resource Management and strategies.


Whats in it for you?

If you would like to have a say in how the water in your Catchment is managed when the CMA is established, then it is imperative that you participate in the LTF, and the process of establishing the CMA. Representatives from the LTF sit on the higher structures in the hierarchy, and will eventually play an important part in establishing the CMA itself. If you have specific concerns such as the quality of your borehole water, the quality of the water in the Leeuspruit, Taaiboschspruit, Kromelmboogspruit or the Vaal River, or any concerns about the impactors in the Catchment, then you should attend the forum meetings and raise these concerns.

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