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An Analysis of Evolution of Water Rights in South African Society: An Account of Three Hundred Years

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dc.contributor.author Tewari, Devi Datt en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:09:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:09:38Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-09-23 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-09-23 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3849
dc.description.abstract "This article reviews the historical development path of water rights in South Africa during the last 300 years or so. The basic finding is that water rights have come to a full circle . As early as 1652, the Dutch Company rulers declared water as public commodity and dominis fluminis status of the state, thus imposing Roman-Dutch law in the country. The British on the other hand privatized water and linked it with land tenure, thus establishing the supremacy of the riparian principle over dominus fluminis status of the state. Apartheid governments tried to swing the balance again to the Roman-Dutch law. The current democratic government has defined water as public resource; sustainable management and equitable distribution are its two major concerns." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Discussion Paper Series, School of Economics and Management en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject riparian rights en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.title An Analysis of Evolution of Water Rights in South African Society: An Account of Three Hundred Years en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Qualitative en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Division of Economics, University of Natal, Durban, King George Vth Ave, Durban, South Africa en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country South Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.submitter.email tewari@nu.ac.za en_US

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