promulgation of the National Water Act (Act 36 0f 1998) has
resulted in the establishment of Water Management Areas (WMAs),
as a component of the National Water Resource Strategy.
These areas will be managed by Catchment Management Agencies
(CMAs). The process to establish a CMA for the Upper Vaal
WMA has been initiated and considerable progress has been
made in this aspect. The Leeu
Taaiboschspruit Catchment is situated in the Greater
Sasolburg area. The Catchment includes the watershed
west of the Kromelmboogspruit as the western boundary, the
bend in the Vaal River to the east, cutting off just before
the Vaal Dam, the Vaal River as the northern boundary, and
the Kromelmboogspruit at Edenburg, the southern boundary.
success of the CMA, once established will depend largely on
effective communication with all the stakeholders in the WMA
in order to formulate and implement a Catchment Management
Strategy (CMS). On order to achieve effective communication
it is imperative that the WMA is comprised of a number of
viable and functioning forums. The Upper Vaal WMA is
therefore comprised of thirteen forums, of which the Leeu
Taaiboschspruit Forum is one.
Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forum (LTF) was established in 1994.
The forum is attended by mines, industries, farmers, local
authorities, non-governmental organizations and Rand Water.
The forum also has a well-established Forum Management
Committee, which meet regularly. Various working groups have
also been formed which focus on specific issues.
Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forumís main task will be to
co-ordinate water related activities and to facilitate Water
Resource Management (WRM). The participation of communities
in the protection, use, development, conservation,
management and control of the water resource will be
promoted through this Forum.
Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Catchment Forum is defined
with respect to:
Purpose of the Forum;
Functions to be performed by the Forum;
Composition and representation on the Forum;
Status of decisions and recommendations;
Frequency of meetings; and
Administrative support to the
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;
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
towards a healthy, safe and sustainable water environment
through pro-active stakeholder participation within the Leeu
provide the necessary leadership and expertise for the
development and continual improvement of Integrated Water
Resource Management for the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment
through committed interactive stakeholder participation.
OF THE LEEU TAAIBOSCHSPRUIT CATCHMENT FORUM
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.
TO BE PERFORMED BY THE CATCHMENT FORUM
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
Ensure that consultation with the broader base of interested and
affected parties continues and that they be given the
opportunity to comment on the Forumís deliberations and
Convene regular Forum Meetings and inform Forum members timeously of
Start, maintain and promote a program to raise awareness on Water
Resource Management and strategies.
of the Forum should reflect principles of gender equality
and representation of the population in the Leeu
Taaiboschspruit Catchment area.
Composition of the Forum
Taaiboschspruit Catchment Forum will comprise of a forum of
role-players and a Forum Management Committee, which will be
complemented by Project Committees responsible for specific
functions and tasks.
To adhere to
the Forumís purpose of Water Resource Management, the
establishment of the following Project Committees are envisaged:
Public Relations Committee
Radar scanning committee
(track changes to legislation and advise forum on potential
project Committees may be established as the need arises,
while existing Project Committees may be dissolved once
their task has been completed.
Membership of the Forum
of the Forum will be inclusive of all individuals,
role-players, stakeholders and interested and affected
parties within the catchment area.
of the Forum Management Committee and the Project Committees
will be limited to bona fide members of the Forum.
should be represented at the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment
fees (where applicable) will be determined by the FMC from
time to time.
Composition of the Forum Management Committee (FMC)
and Project Committees (PC)
The FMC will
consist of a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary,
treasurer and one person to represent the relevant sectors
in the catchment. The Forum members will elect the members
of the FMC.
Committees will be established by the FMC and members of the
PC will be selected according to capabilities to perform the
specific task of the PC.
Duties and responsibilities of the
The FMC will
be responsible to
Facilitate communication and understanding between members of the Forum,
the Forum Management Committee and various Project
Committees, the various government authorities represented,
the broader base of stakeholders and interested and affected
parties as well as between the Forum and other structure
within the CMA.
Establish Project Committees and to identify objectives and functions
for these committees with respect to Water Resource
Management and to co-ordinate the activities of the
Organise all administrative
requirements necessary for the functioning of the Forum
Oversee, monitor and
co-ordinate the activities of the Project Committees and the
Represent the Forum in
other structures within the CMA and where necessary also in
Adhere to the Forumís
Terms of Reference and other relevant procedures.
Period of Appointment
of the FMC will be reviewed on an annual basis. However, to
ensure continuity some or all of the initial elected members
may be asked to serve voluntarily for a longer period.
Catchment Forum, the FMC and the PC meetings will be open
for observers to attend. The Forum and its structures are
fully transparent and all relevant information will be
available to observers.
will be permitted to attend meetings based on the following
Observers must provide
seven days advance notification of intent to observe in
writing to the Secretary of the Forum.
Observers will not have the
right to cast a vote.
Should the observer wish to
address a specific issue verbally, written submission to do
so should accompany the notification forwarded to the
Secretary of the Forum.
Observers and members of
the Forum will not be allowed to make statements to the
media on behalf of the Forum or any of its members. Only the
Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the FMC will be allowed
to make statements to the media.
The Forum, the FMC and the
PC reserve the right to ask observers to excuse themselves
from a meeting.
Forumís purpose is only to advise, monitor, recommend and
to make suggestions to appropriate structures.
Recommendations, suggestions and advice from Forum members
will be channelled through the FMC to the appropriate CMA
structures where final decisions will be taken based on the
recommendations received. It is the FMCís responsibility
to give feedback of all relevant decisions to the members of
the Forum and its structures.
has the right to take recommendations to the Minister of the
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry should it be deemed
recommendations of the Forum and its structures will be by
simple majority. Minority views will be recorded.
will meet al least twice annually to review the activities
of the FMC and the Various PC.
will convene an annual public meeting.
The FMC and
the PC will meet on a more frequent basis as deemed
expected that a Secretary will assist the Forum in the
execution of administrative functions. The Secretary will
arrange meetings, prepare documentation and record the
proceedings of meetings.
will have the ability to open a bank account in the name of
the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Catchment Forum. Two members of the
FMC will have signing rights.
The FMC, in
co-ordination with the Forum members will be responsible for
the generation and management of funds to sustain the Forum.
All sectors elected to the FMC will be responsible for
contributing towards the sustainability of the Forum.
budget should be compiled and regular reports should be
submitted to the Forum members.
ACTIVITIES TO BE FUNDED BY THE FORUM
can fund activities as and when its budget allows for this,
and only if the proposed activities are in line with the
objectives of the Forum and the CMA.
AMENDMENTS TO THE TERMS OF REFERENCE
additions to this TOR must be submitted to the FMC.
The submitted document
should be circulated to all members of the Forum.
A majority vote at a Forum
meeting will secure approval for changes or additions.