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Study Approach

The study for the development of the water reconciliation strategy was anchored by a technical and stakeholder engagement processes that are intertwined.

These processes are shown in the flow diagram below.

Technical process

The process started with a review of the current information. This is where previous and current reports on the Olifants catchment were reviewed and summarised.

From the summary of studies and the list of options it was possible to identify which of the options were seemingly definite “no go” options because of findings from previous studies, political unacceptability, realities on the ground, etc. A screening workshop with the Key Stakeholders was arranged for dividing the options into two groups, i.e. those that deserved further investigation (those with potential and those that were possibilities) and those that could be rejected outright.

The next action was to look at all the options that needed further investigations and decide what further information was necessary. Certain modelling scenarios were also identified.

Once a clear picture was formed of which options needed to be investigated, their feasibility were determined. The environmental impacts of each promising option were also assessed.

After having screened the options once again, and after identifying the environmental impacts, the best options were selected and the strategies were compiled.

The preliminary strategy was formulated halfway through the study. The final strategy was delivered towards the end of the study after further investigations had been completed.

The process of selecting the options was done in consultation with the Key Stakeholders and Newsletters were distributed to keep the public informed.

Stakeholder Engagement Process

Study Steering Committee

The development of the water reconciliation strategy was guided by a Study Steering Committee. All key stakeholders were represented on this committee. Please see the composition of the SSC on the Steering Committe page of this site. The functions of the Study Steering Committee were:

  • To exchange information with the study team

  • To monitor progress with the strategy development

  • To provide a balanced view in order to guide the study in the right direction.

Strategy Steering Committee

The Strategy Steering Committee will focus on the implementation of the strategy and on ensuring that the strategy remains relevant and up to date.

The Study Steering Committee met twice a year and it is foreseen that the Strategy Steering Committee will maintain this frequency.

DWA Study Managers

As the trustee of the country’s water resources, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is responsible to ensure that the water requirements are reconciled with the available water, also in this key area of the country – now and in the future. It must however be realised that DWA is only facilitating the process of water reconciliation planning and that implementation is the responsibility of many more institutions.

The study for the strategy development was managed by a Study Manager from the Directorate: National Water Resource Planning. This manager was supported by representatives from other directorates in DWS who had an interest in the study and who, together with the leaders of the professional service provider team, formed the Study Management Team (SMT). A similar management structure will be followed for the strategy continuation/ maintenance phase.

The SMT met approximately every second month for the development of the water reconciliation strategy and it is anticipated that the SMT for the continuation/ maintenance of the strategy will maintain this frequency.

Outputs

The main outputs for the study on the development of the reconciliation strategy were the Preliminary and Final Water Reconciliation Strategies for the water supply area.

The two strategies were based on 16 Supporting Reports, including the Study Inception Report. Each of the Supporting Reports (with the exception of the Inception Report) addressed a specific theme.

The study concluded with a Main Report which is merely a directory report providing the executive summaries of the Preliminary and Final Strategies and a short description of each Supporting Report.

All above reports, and other documents can be accessed from the Reports and Documents page of this web-site.

 

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