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Water Research Act, 1971 (Act No. 34 of 1971)

4. Constitution of commission and period of office of its members


(1) The commission shall consist of the director-general, the executive director mentioned in section 10 and seven other members appointed by the Minister on grounds of their special knowledge or experience in regard to any aspect of the commission’s functions.


(2) The Minister shall designate one of the members of the commission as chairman and one as vice-chairman of the commission for such period as he may in each case determine, and if the office of chairman or vice-chairman becomes vacant for any reason the Minister shall designate another member of the commission as chairman or vice-chairman, as the case may be, for the remainder of the period for which his predecessor was so designated, or as acting chairman or vice-chairman, as the case may be, for such period as he may determine: Provided that the executive director shall not be so designated.


(3) A member of the commission, with the exception of the director-general and the executive director, shall hold office for such period and subject to such conditions as the Minister may determine at the time of his appointment, but shall be eligible for reappointment at the expiry of such period: Provided that if in his opinion there are good reasons for doing so, the Minister may at any time terminate the period of office of any member of the commission other than the director-general and the executive director.


(4) The executive director shall be the chief executive officer of the commission and manage and control the work authorized by the commission, and shall be responsible to the commission for the carrying out of their duties by the officers and employees of the commission.


(5) In addition to the duties devolving upon the chairman in terms of this Act and such duties as the commission may assign to him, it shall be the duty of the chairman, after consultation with the executive director, to formulate policy proposals for consideration by the commission, and from time to time to submit reports to the commission on the progress of the work authorized by the commission.


[Section 4 substituted by section 1 of Act No. 93 of 1985]