The need for a RMP varies according to the party who initiated the process and the context of the water resource in terms of its location, opportunities and constraints.

The catalysts for developing a RMP for Spring Grove Dam include the following:

  • To safeguard the primary objective of the dam, which is to form part of a transfer scheme that augments water supply to the Mgeni System;

  • To manage potential conflict between use and users;

  • To evaluate and harness the potential for utilising the dam for recreational and economic reasons, against core principles underlying sustainability and equity;

  • To prevent threats to the water resource posed by lack of management and/or uncontrolled development and use;

  • To facilitate a balanced appraisal of public and private aspirations for the use of the dam;

  • To protect the rights of the surrounding affected community and promoting stewardship for the dam and state-owned land;

  • To investigate the use of the dam through a formal process in light of the various encumbrances such as access, minimal shoreline area, surrounding private land, fluctuating water levels, etc.; and

  • To establish the institutional structure for the future management of the dam and state land.


Unlike most other RMPs that were previously developed for national dams, this management plan is for a new dam (impoundment underway at the time when this report was being developed). The RMP for Spring Grove Dam is thus more centred on preventative and proactive management and application of best practices, as opposed to dealing with historic problems.

The phases of the RMP development process is shown below: