The main objective of the Chief Directorate: Resource Directed Measures (RDM) is to ensure protection of water resources, as described in Chapter 3 [PDF - 35KB] of the South African National Water Act - 1998 (No. 36 of 1998) [PDF - 774KB] and other related water management legislation and policies.
The role of RDM is to provide a framework to ensure sustainable
utilisation of water resources to meet ecological, social
and economic objectives and to audit the state of South
water resources against these objectives. In particular
this unit is responsible for:
- Developing policies, strategies, systems, methodologies and guidelines for resource directed measures (RDM), particularly the Reserve determination, water resources classification and specification of associated Resource Quality Objectives (RQO).
- Determining (and updating) the Reserve in significant water resources.
- Prioritisation, piloting and coordination of RDM implementation.
- Capacity building and technical support for RDM implementation.
- Developing indicators and assessing the state of the nation’s water resources.
- Auditing implementation of RDM and resource quality against the Resource Quality Objectives and the Reserve.
The Chief Director: RDM reports directly to the Policy & Regulation Branch Manager of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. This reflecting the importance of the output from this group and the need for independence from groups focused on water resources development and utilisation.
The Directorate comprises the following sub-directorates: