Eastern Cape Drakensberg
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South Africa currently has 62 free-flowing rivers (long stretch of rivers that haven't been dammed). At an estimated cost of R20 billion, the next large dam is being planned in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg area on the Mzimvubu.
Free flowing rivers
Supplies water to
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.
Climate change is predicted to exacerbate risks associated with water scarcity and quality. Models show that the western parts of the country will receive less rain, whereas the central and eastern areas will receive more variable rainfall with more intense rainfall events.
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