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"It is ...clear that the (Vaal River) system is under severe pressure and there is no reserve for further dilution to take place. It is this fact that is making the option of transporting more water from the Vaal to Witbank so precarious. All of the clean water out of the Lesotho Highlands Project is needed for dilution of the pollutants in the Vaal system. There is no spare capacity." ~ Koos Pretorius, Director and Founding member of FSE

Download the full document (about 1MB) Portfolio Committee presentation June 2008

South Africa's looming water crisis

Written by Thursday, 06 March 2008 15:50

South Africa faces an electricity supply crisis today because the government ignored the warnings it was given more than ten years ago. The same situation is now facing us with regard to water supply. A combination of polluted water sources and poor management of dams, sewerage works and treatment plants has led to a situation where our water supply is under serious threat.

Staat gekap oor myne in vleie

Written by Saturday, 01 March 2008 02:00

Die departement van mine- rale en energie is “kort- sigtig” om lisensies toe te staan aan mynmaatskappye wat steenkool in vleilande wil ontgin.

Dié steenkool het geen langtermyn ekonomiese waarde nie “en net vir ’n paar individue”.

Trouens, dit vernietig die land se kosbare, skaars waterbronne.

Plans to mine for coal in the catchment areas of major rivers present a serious threat to South Africa's fresh water resources.

Acid pollution caused by coal mining has already destroyed the Wilge River that flows through the Ezemvelo Reserve near Bronkhorstpruit, Mpumalanga, and has caused mass deaths of fish and crocodiles at the Olifants River inlet to Loskop Dam, between Middelburg and Groblersdal.