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.
LTF is therefore:
group of concerned people who agreed, on a voluntary
basis, to represent different perspectives of society in
formal structure which is related to the CMA;
place where co-operative and consultative management can
place where the participants gather information and
provide/share information about aspects or issues
regarding the environment or catchment;
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.
body which can prescribe or dictate certain actions to
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).
purpose of the Forum is to:
and co-ordinate effective Water Resource Management in
the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment.
the interests of the interested and affected parties of
the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment in the various
management structures comprising the Upper Vaal CMA.
a Forum where matters of common interest with respect to
water resource management in the Leeu Taaiboschspruit
Catchment can be discussed.
specific recommendations on Water Resource Management
issues to the authorities and Forum Management
structures on behalf of the broader body of
does the LTF do?
following functions are to be performed by the Leeu
Taaiboschspruit Catchment Forum:
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
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.
regular Forum Meetings and inform Forum members
timeously of such arrangements.
maintain and promote a program to raise awareness on
Water Resource Management and strategies.
in it for you?
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.