The Revitalisation of Water Resources for Sustainable Agricultural Development in South Africa: A review

  •  Isaac Agholor    


The promotion of efficiency and sustainability of water use have been enshrined in the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) of South Africa. Currently there is no immediate intractable water crisis facing South Africa, although this is undoubtedly based on the assumption that the existing water resources will be managed effectively. In enhancing revitalisation, the design and supervision of water resources must be linked with the country’s development approach for sustained agrarian reform. It cannot, however, be applauded that the broad social and economic objectives, or even the more specific objective of water security, in South Africa are being fully realized at moment. However, to understand the contemporary issues in revitalisation of water resources for sustainable agricultural development, the paper first describes the various phases of irrigation development in South Africa and highlights the past and present measures taken by the government to ensure equity of access to water. Secondly, it also highlights water security; water demand and supply management; water productivity and water governance in South Africa.

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