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Authorization Process

Licencing Process



The Deputy Minister in the Department of Water and Sanitation, Hon. Judith Tshabalala, invites members of the public to attend a Water Use Authorisation Information Sharing Workshop on 19 April 2024 at Westonaria, Gauteng. The workshop is aimed at empowering the new entrants in the water sector on the water use authorisation application process. Please see the details of the workshop and RSVP contacts Here.

Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (e-WULAAS)

The National Water Act (NWA) (Act No 36 of 1998) [PDF - 239 KB] fundamentally reforms the law relating to water resources, recognising that water is a scarce and unevenly distributed national asset that belongs to the people of South Africa and provides the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) with the mandate to protect, use, develop, conserve, manage and control the country's water resources in an integrated manner.

The NWA therefore provides the legal basis upon which to develop tools and the means to effect this mandate.

One of the means is the authorisation of water use as defined in Chapter 4 of the NWA. The online Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (e-WULAAS) is a tool to facilitate the authorisation and manage the authorisation of water use.


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