Department of Water Affairs

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Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation
Department overview
Formed 1912 (as the Department of Irrigation in the Union of South Africa)
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Annual budget ZAR 6.69 billion (2008-2009)
Minister responsible Nomvula Mokonyane, [Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation
Department executive Pam Tshwete, Director-General: Water Affairs

The Department of Water Affairs is one of the departments of the South African government. In May 2009, following the election of Jacob Zuma, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry was divided, with the forestry responsibility being transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation was established in May 2014 by President Jacob Zuma with former Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane becoming the first Minister.

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