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The National Water Act: Its origins and its application elsewhere in Africa

When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Auditorium, Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, Oliver Schreiner School of Law Building
Start time:15:00
Enquiries:

Magda.Jansevannoordwyk@wits.ac.za  

The Mandela Institute in partnership with the Water Research Commission will host this lecture by Len Abrams.

He was the former advisor to the late Minister Kader Asmal. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signature into law of the National Water Act. A radical departure from its 1956 predecessor, the Act was celebrated as one of the most progressive and visionary pieces of water legislation worldwide. Translating such a game-changing law into reality was never going to be easy. While there are many successes to celebrate, the intervening 20 years of implementation have proved to be more challenging than ever imagined. This lecture seeks to reflect on the vision and values that drove the drafting of the National Water Act, along with its sibling, the 1997 Water Services Act.

 

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