The PR Committtee is preparing the first LTF
Newsletter to be published in 2003.
Some of the articles include:
What it the Leeu
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
What does the LTF
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 or the Vaal River, or any concerns about the
impactors in the Catchment, then you should attend the forum
meetings and raise these concerns.
does the LTF strive towards?
strive towards a healthy, safe and sustainable water
environment through pro-active stakeholder
participation within the Leeuspruit-Taaiboschspruit
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.
Openness and transparency
Respect for people and the environment
Strive for excellence in all we do
is the next forum meeting?
LTF holds meetings every three months. For more information,
please call Sandra Potgieter on (016) 970 4130.
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.
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.
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.
Pollution Control Officer
Department of Water
Affairs and Forestry