Water regulation & requirements

The Legislative and Regulatory Systems Network is one of six networks within the Framework Programme for Research, Education and Training in the Water Sector (FETWater) III, established following engagements with the Water Sector Leadership Group (WSLG) in 2014 to support the implementation of Chapter 15 of the National Water Resources Strategy 2 (NWRS2).

Of the priority occupations identified for development within the networks, two occupations will be developed by the Legislative and Regulatory Systems Network; namely, Water Use Specialist and Water Use Allocation and Authorisation Practitioner. The last revised occupational titles were approved by the WSLG in October 2016 and were originally designated Water Use Specialist and Water Allocations Officer.

Thematic Area: Water Regulation Requirements

Network Coordinator: Ashwin Seetal (CSIR); Email: aseetal@csir.co.za

DWS Champion: Ms. N. Ncapayi

CEP Members (for both occupations – Core and Extended groups):


Hadley KavinHM Kavin: Water Law and Resource Management ConsultantLegal Practitioner
Carin BosmanCarin Bosman Sustainable SolutionsOwner/Director
Andries LabuschagneSandvet Water User AssociationChief Executive Officer
Anet MuirDepartment of Water and SanitationActing Chief Director: Compliance Monitoring
Solomon MakateDepartment of Water and SanitationActing Director
Beauty MukwevhoDepartment of Water and SanitationEngineering Technician
Gerhard GerickeEskomSenior Consultant – Water and Applied Chemistry
Setsopo Tsibiso MaphuthaDepartment of Water and Sanitation, Programme Management Unit: Special ProgrammesMaphuthaS@dws.gov.za
Verusha GovenderDepartment of Water and Sanitation, Infrastructure BranchGovenderV@dws.gov.za
Lesego Kgaogelo LekubuDepartment of Water and Sanitation, Programme Management Unit: Special ProgrammesLekubuL@dwa.gov.za

Occupational Titles:  Water Use Officer, Water Allocation and Authorisation Specialist/Practitioner

Occupational Purposes:

Water Use Officer (under the supervision of specialist practitioners):

– acquire, operate and maintain field instrumentation;

– carry out water resources monitoring and data collection; and,

– operate and maintain supporting data, information and report management systems to enable effective water resources monitoring.

They also provide administrative and stakeholder liaison support for authorisation, compliance and enforcement processes and conduct laboratory and field assessments required for audit and investigative purposes.

Water Allocation and Authorisation Specialist/Practitioner:

Advises on and develops water use allocation and authorisation policies and strategies, business processes and guidelines and to manage and implement the allocations and authorisations processes. The practitioner also undertakes water use registration and licensing; maintains oversight of the reconciliation of water availability and demands; manages the verification of water uses and provides information and inputs for water user billing and water use pricing.

Module Development

  1. Water Use Officer – to date the knowledge, practical and workplace modules have been developed as follows:


  • Introduction to the water sector
  • World of work fundamentals
  • Workplace safety, health, environment and quality practices
  • Water data collection and water resource monitoring tools, equipment and processes
  • Water resource science
  • Water data collection


  • Carry out preparatory activities
  • Select, care and use field test tools and equipment
  • Work safely
  • Collect and record data
  • Conduct field assessments
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders
  • Compile reports and present findings


  • Data collection site preparation processes
  • Tool and equipment preparation processes
  • Data collection processes
  • Water sampling and field-test processes
  • Stakeholder engagement processes
  1. Water Allocation and Authorisation Specialist/Practitioner – the practical modules have been determined (as indicated hereunder) and the specifications are in the process of being compiled:
  • Develop the local, regional and national water use institutional/ organisational regulatory framework
  • Implement the approved local, regional and national water use institutional/organisational regulatory framework
  • Create an awareness on the approved local, regional and national water use institutional/organisational regulatory framework
  • Carry out preliminary water use assessment activities
  • Conduct water use assessments
  • Compile water use application for authorisation
  • Assess water use license applications
  • Coordinate stakeholder inputs into the water use license application
  • Finalise the authorisation application process and the water use application assessment process
  • Provide water use authorisation specialist support
  • Facilitate amendments and license renewals


Progress Report

Contact us

Network Coordinator: Ashwin Seetal (CSIR)

Email: aseetal@csir.co.za

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