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Irrigation water policy for the R.S.A. and a strategy for the beneficial use of water

P. F. Pretorius
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 4, No 4 | a1053 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v4i4.1053 | © 1985 P. F. Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 March 1985 | Published: 18 March 1985

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P. F. Pretorius,, South Africa

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Abstract

The present irrigation-water policy of South Africa is based on the Water Act (Act 54 of 1956) as amended, and in this paper the most important legal aspects relating to irrigation are briefly highlighted. The basis of allocation of irrigation water is covered and the concepts of private water and public water are explained. The paper then deals with the powers vested in the state as far as control over public water is concerned, and its application. The water rights of properties riparian to public streams are discussed and water apportionment within and outside Government-controlled areas is briefly highlighted with reference to the concepts of normal and surplus flow.

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