About us

Background | Vision | Mission | Values | Donations | Staff | Governing Board


The Breede Water Management Area is situated in the south-west corner of South Africa. It derives its name from the largest river within its boundaries, the Breede River. The WMA (Water Management Area) is bounded by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans to the south, the Olifants/Doorn WMA in the northwest, the Berg WMA in the west and the Gouritz WMA in the east. It falls entirely within the Western Cape Province.


The vision of the Breede-Overberg CMA (BOCMA) was developed around the question of how the BOCMA can make a positive contribution and engender meaningful change within a broader social context. The main elements of the vision are inclusion and participation (of all stakeholders), mediation (between competing environmental and human priorities), ensuring availability of good quality water and a responsibility to assist in eradicating poverty. The vision statement that succinctly summarises all these elements is:

"Quality water for all, forever"


The mission statement operationalises the vision as follows:

The Breede-Overberg CMA exists to manage our water resources responsibly, through continuous engagement with all stakeholders and to devolve decision making to the lowest level for the benefit of all water users in the Breede-Overberg Catchment, including the environment.

We will:

  • ensure quality water for all people and the environment
  • address water allocation reform
  • ensure good administration of registration and licensing
  • inspire change in attitudes towards the environment
  • promote economic growth in a sustainable way

So that:

  • we can address the developmental needs of the people and contribute to the eradication of poverty
  • ensure fair, equitable and well controlled water allocation, while maintaining the integrity of the natural resource
  • manage the ecosystem in a sustainable manner, and
  • allow all stakeholders a voice in how we manage our water resources

The Breede-Overberg CMA has structured its strategic priorities in a manner that gives credence to the vision and mission.


The CMA dedicates itself to the following values. These values will form the basis of the decisions and actions of all CMA employees and governing board members.

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Reliability
  • Accountability
  • Trust
  • Dignity
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty
  • Approachability
  • Fairness
  • Transparency
  • Equity
  • Passion


The Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency (BOCMA) was established in terms of chapter 7 of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 to manage water resources at a regional or catchment level in order to involve local communities. It is also functioning within the parameters of the Public Finance Management Act. Since its inception, the organization has been receiving unqualified audits. The internal control systems at BOCMA are sound and geared towards running the organization as the first class business entity.

The agency is a body corporate and has the powers of a natural person of full capacity. The Governing Board was appointed by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and takes full accountability of the work of the Agency. This Governing Board is a composition of representatives from different interest groups:

  • Emerging farmers
  • Western Cape Provincial Government
  • Water, Environmental Civil Society/ NGOs
  • Civil Society
  • Industry and Business
  • Commercial Agriculture
  • Statutory Conservation and Environment
  • Access to water by the poor/ rural settlements
  • Potential Agricultural Water Use by Emerging farmers
  • Commercial Agriculture: Groundwater
  • Local government: Integrated Planning
  • Commercial Agriculture: Surface Water Scheme
  • DWA’s Western Cape regional office, and
  • Chief Executive Officer

“The above-mentioned team has the mantle to keep the boat stable and to steer the BOCMA to even higher grounds”, says Chief Executive Offer, Mr Phakamani Buthelezi.

Although the BOCMA receives seed funding from the National Treasury through the Department of Water Affairs, the BOCMA may also raise funds required by it for the purpose of exercising any of its powers and carrying out any of its duties in terms of the National Water Act.

It is against this backdrop that the BOCMA calls for interested donors to fund some of its empowerment and capacity building programmes within the Breede-Overberg Catchment Area for the following projects:

  • Emerging farming
  • Removal of invasive alien vegetation
  • Riparian rehabilitation
  • Adopt a River
  • Food gardening, etc.

For more information on how you can make a donation to the Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency please contact:

Mr Justice Molafo
Public Relations and Marketing Officer
Tel: 023 347 8000
Fax: 023 347 2012 Mobile: 073 457 5026
E-mail: jmolafo@bocma.co.za



Bocma Organogram

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Governing Board

Emerging Farmers


Water Cape Provincial Government: Integrated Environmental Management


Water Environmental Civil Society/NGOs


Civil Society


Industry and Business



Commercial Agriculture: Surface Water Non-Scheme


Statutory Conservation and Environment 

Deputy Chairperson

Access to water by the poor/Rural Settlements


Potential Agriculture Water Use by Emerging Farmers


Commercial Agriculture: Groundwater


Commercial Agriculture: Surface Water Scheme

Mr. C. Swart