The agencies are Inkomati-Usuthu, Breede-Broutiz, Limpopo-North West and the Pongola-Mzimkulu.
“The agencies will play an important role in managing the country’s scarce water resources, by among others facilitating stakeholder input into the management of water resources,” Molewa said in a statement.
A decision was made to establish nine agencies, after it was deemed financially unviable to set up 19 as originally intended.
“The proposed 19 CMAs were then consolidated into nine CMAs,” Molewa said.
“The realignment process and establishment of all nine CMAs is intended to be complete by 2016.”
The other five to be set up are the Olifants, Vaal, Berg-Olifants, Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma, and Orange.
“An operational and reporting relationship between the CMA and the department, especially the department’s regional offices, will be clearly defined, with the understanding of the CMA as a separate legal entity.”