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Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forum Newsletter

The PR Committtee  is preparing the first LTF Newsletter to be published in 2003.

Some of the articles include:

1. What it the Leeu Taaiboschspruit Forum (LTF)?

 The 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.

 

What does the LTF do?

 The LTF provides an important interface between the public, various sectors such as industry, mining and agriculture, and local and national governmental authorities. The forum deals with a wide range of pertinent issues raised by the forum members themselves. The forum also has various project committees which concentrate on specific issues, such as:

        Public Relations committee this committee is responsible for ensuring public and stakeholder participation, and holds open days, produces this brochure, and interacts with various other associations such as the Farmers Association, community groups etc.

        Technical committee this committee investigates specific issues such as the monitoring of water quality in the Catchment, setting Water Quality Objectives for both surface and groundwater in the Catchment and driving any special projects that are requested by the forum itself.

        Radar committee this committee has the very important task of detecting problems within the Catchment, such as deteriorating water quality, illegal discharges etc., as well as keeping an eye on environmental legislation and advising the forum on the implications of this legislation.

 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 or the Vaal River, or any concerns about the impactors in the Catchment, then you should attend the forum meetings and raise these concerns.

 What does the LTF strive towards? 

Vision

To strive towards a healthy, safe and sustainable water environment through pro-active stakeholder participation within the Leeuspruit-Taaiboschspruit Catchment.

Mission

To provide the necessary leadership and expertise for the development and continual improvement of Integrated Water Resource Management for the Leeuspruit-Taaiboschspruit Catchment through committed interactive stakeholder participation.

Values

        Openness and transparency

        Respect for people and the environment

        Commitment

        Innovation

        Agility

        Strive for excellence in all we do

 When is the next forum meeting?

 The LTF holds meetings every three months. For more information, please call Sandra Potgieter on (016) 970 4130.

 

2. THANK-YOU SASOL!!!

 During the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) strike of July this year, various municipal pumpstations overflowed, such as the Leitrim, Leeuspruit, Cargo Carriers and Zamdela pumpstations. During many of these incidents, raw sewage flowed into the Leeuspruit and Taaiboschspruit, as well as into local streets and even into yards. These overflows posed a major health risks to local residents, as well a major threat to water quality within the Catchment, and therefore also downstream users.

Luckily for the Greater Sasolburg Area residents, Sasol provided an invaluable service by pumping out and transporting sewage to the Sasol Bioworks for treatment, in some cases until the early hours of the morning, repairing and in some cases replacing faulty pumps and associated equipment, and monitoring these pumpstations continuously. Sasol furthermore liased extensively with the Department by firstly informing me of each incident, and also providing regular progress reports.

 Some very special guys from Sasol went well above and beyond the call of duty and deserve a special mention thank you to Peter Hall and Frik Nel, who called me at 22h00 a few nights in a row, to report that they were on-site (on those cold winter nights), attending to the latest incident.  Thank you also to Carl Scholtz and Ben Visser, as well as to Sasol Management, in particular John Bradshaw and Johan Furter for authorising these activities.

 Linda Eddy

Senior Water Pollution Control Officer

Leeuspruit/Taaiboschspruit Catchment

Department of Water Affairs and Forestry

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