Water Act amendments finalised

2013-04-02 12:07

Johannesburg - Amendments to the Water Act and establishment of the Water Tribunal have been finalised, it was reported on Tuesday.

Business Day reported that the amendments of the Act would be tabled before Cabinet this year.

In the meantime, new members of the tribunal would be appointed for a limited period until the amendments were promulgated, Squire Mahlangu, director-general of the department of water and environment affairs, told Parliament's portfolio committee.

The office term of the members of the previous tribunal ended in August last year, Business Day reported. Operations of the tribunal were suspended in the middle of 2012 because it was not properly constituted.

The Water Tribunal hears appeals against directives and decisions made by responsible authorities, catchment management agencies or water management agencies about matters covered by the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998.

These issues include issuing of licences to use water. It is an independent body and can hold hearings anywhere in the country.

Currently there is a backlog of 44 appeals awaiting a decision.

Mahlangu said the proposed amendments would substantially alter provisions related to the tribunal and bring it into line with other tribunals such as the Competition Tribunal and the Consumer Protection Tribunal, the newspaper reported.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2013-04-02 12:18

    Sounds like big salaries for not much in return...

      kalabafazi - 2013-04-02 12:36

      Which sound about normal for the anc government

      Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-02 13:39

      @kalabafazi: Don't speak ill of the Democratic ANC! They've been rescuing SA from utter destruction since 1994. Now kindly refrain from criticizing them further and allow them their large salaries attained for little work and zero responsability.

  • Mordikaai Speak - 2013-04-02 12:37

    Seeing you close comments on white males in Gauteng highest salary earners News 24 get better sources for your news reports or are you being paid?

  • Don Tandy - 2013-04-02 12:41

    The Water Tribunal needs to co-opt the Queenstown councillor who said, when he responded to a question on the state of affairs regarding the town's water supply....."The apartheid regime built the dams too big, so they take a long time to fill. You should have built them smaller, they would fill quicker and we would have plenty of water and never run out". Got it all sussed out out hasn't he - wonder why the Eastern Cape is in such a mess? With brilliance like this in our midst, why spend millions unnecessarily on drawing up new acts and establishing a Water Tribunal - just fill in half the dams.

      Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-02 13:46

      It's a well known fact that nothing worked properly during apartheid. The roads were actually just painted gravel and the hospitals gave out hallucinogens to the patients to make them believe they were healthy. I'm not sure how to explain how patients needing surgery were fooled by the apartheid government, since I can't find any info on that in my "The Truth About Undemocratic Apartheid" booklet I got from my local ANC recruiter. I'm sure it has something to do with the horrible nats and the stone-age government of the time. The schools were also a shambles during apartheid. Unfortunately I can't find anyone that can verify the ANC Fact(tm) because nobody could read nor write in those days. You'll also find that there were zero South African industries or companies before 1994. All the registered companies and manufacturing industries were lies and nobody had jobs at all. Since then things have steadily been improving, says Showerhead. Viva!

      Justin Hemming - 2013-04-02 13:48

      Thanks for the laugh!

      Magda Henning - 2013-04-02 14:05

      Sjoe, Alex Ndoo has a lot to say today. No need to defend the pathetic ANC. Hopefully one day your eyes will open..just hope it's before it is too late for South Africa.

      pws69 - 2013-04-02 16:41

      Magda, Alex is being sarcastic! LOL @ Alex

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