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Public Lecture

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

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 we ever imagined.

It is thus fitting, at this 20-year milestone, to pause and reflect on the vision and values that drove the drafting of the National Water Act, along with its sibling, the 1997 Water Services Act. It is also fitting to use Heritage Month as an opportunity for such reflection, recognising the substantial contribution made by brave, far-sighted people who rose to the challenge of transforming the legal framework for water to reflect the values and priorities of post-apartheid South Africa.

The Mandela Institute in partnership with the Water Research Commission is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Mr Len Abrams who was the former Advisor to the late Minister Kader Asmal (the architect of the National Water Act).

Date:   26 September 2018

Time:   14:30 for 15:00

Venue: Auditorium, Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, School of Law, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand

RSVP:  Click here to RSVP  (Closing date for RSVP is Friday 21 September 2018)

Select link to view invitation: Public Lecture: The National Water Act

Enquiries:  Magda Janse van Noordwyk | 011 717 8468 |