Development of a Water Management Decision Model for Limpopo Province of South AfricaBased on Congruence between Sector Challenge and Service Organization Capacity
Khathutshelo A. Tshikolomo, Azwihangwisi E. Nesamvuni, Sue Walker, Aldo Stroebel, Izak Groenewald

The study highlightedchallenges affecting the water sector in Limpopo Province, identified water service organisations (WSOs), assessedthe degree of congruence between the challenges and capacities of WSOs, and finally proposeda water management decision model for the area. Water challenges were (a) scarce resource availability and inadequate storage, (b) some dam never filling up, (c) poor resource knowledge of water managers, (d) lack of stakeholder participation in resource decision making, and (e) poor allocations to rural communities. The main WSOs were Department of Water Affairs-DWA (congruence rating=2.00) and water service authorities (WSAs), namely: Mopani District Municipality-MDM (congruence rating=2.15), Vhembe District Municipality-VDM (2.15) and Polokwane Local Municipality-PLM (2.15). The degree of congruence was high (2.75) between challenges and strategies, moderate (2.45) between strategies and tasks and low between allocation and use of human resources (1.50), making it the most significant constraint to WSOs addressing water challenges.

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