DWAF is the custodian of South Africa’s water and forestry resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing these two sectors. It also has override responsibility for water services provided by local government. While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and safe sanitation, the water sector also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.The forestry programme promotes the sustainable management of the country’s natural forest resources and commercial forestry
for the lasting benefit of the nation.