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Water resources and water management in the Bahurutshe heartland

S Van Niekerk, K Du Pisani


With this study a brief descriptive survey, covering the period from 1972 to the present, of the water resources in the Lehurutshe
district, formerly part of Bophuthatswana and now part of the Zeerust district of the North-West Province, is given. Both surface water bodies (rivers, catchments, drainage systems, wetlands, pans, dams and reservoirs) and groundwater resources (aquifers, dolomitic eyes, springs and boreholes) of Lehurutshe are discussed in terms of the quantity and quality of their water yields. Water provision and water use are assessed and observations made about water management in Lehurutshe in the context of shifting hydropolitical objectives in South Africa.

Water SA Vol.32 (3) 2006: pp.445-451
AJOL African Journals Online