South Africa is still facing inequities in access to water for productive
purposes. Equitable access to water, or to the benefits derived from using
water, is critical to eradicating poverty and promoting economic growth. Water
Allocation Reform(WAR) is the Department's key programme for redressing these
inequities. The programme aims to:
Take steps to meet the water needs of HDIs and the poor;
Ensure participation by these groups in water resource management;
Promote the sustainable use of water resources; and
Promote the beneficial and efficient use of water in the public interest.
Water Allocation Reform includes a number of actions including the provision of
financial support to resource poor farmers [PDF - 206 KB],
to support the equitable (re)allocation of water in any catchment, and the
processing of licences
Authorisations to support the uptake of water by historically
This website provides more information on how this will be done.