DID YOU KNOW?
The Amatole area is home to sacred forests and mountains for the Gcaleka people. Interestingly, only 33% of households in the Eastern Cape have taps inside the home.
Free flowing rivers
Interbasin transfer systems
Supplies water to
Alien Invasive Vegetation
Invasive alien trees that have spread through large parts of our country consume more than 7% of South Africa’s available water resources. In some catchments, this can be as high as 20%.
Fires are a part of the natural life cycle of Fynbos, savannah and grasslands. But today we are seeing a very high frequency of fires, and that doesn’t allow enough time for natural ecosystems to recover. Higher intensity and frequency of fires means that precious soil is eroded more easily and washed away.
Unsustainable land use practices pose a major threat to ecosystems and the livelihood of local communities. Land use that damage flood plains, river banks, and wetlands reduce the regulating capacity of catchments and increase erosion and sediment loads in rivers as well as the risk of flooding.
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