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Eastern Cape Drakensberg
DID YOU KNOW?

South Africa currently has 62 free-flowing rivers (long stretch of rivers that haven't been dammed). At an estimated cost of R12.5 billion, the next large dams are being planned in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg area on the uMzimvubu.

The Eastern Cape Drakensberg water source area provides 100% of Umtata's water.

The Eastern Cape Drakensberg loses 3.6% of its water to invasive alien trees. That is vital water that that amounts to billions of litres that could be used for farming and household use downstream. Another problem here is over-grazing in the headwaters that results in erosion of sediment. This sediment could fill up dams downstream.

  • Area: 15 997km2
  • 2% protected. WWF is working with local communities, NGOs and several government departments to increase levels of protection and improve catchment and cattle management.
http://journeyofwater.co.za/catchments/eastern-cape/eastern-cape-drakensberg
Eastern Cape Drakensberg
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QUICK FACTS

Province
Eastern Cape

Main rivers
Umzimvubu
Mbashe
Kraai
Thina
Tsitsa

Free flowing rivers
These include:
Kobonqaba
iNxaxo
Qhorha
Shixini
Nqabarha
Ntlonyane
Xora
Mncwasa
Mdumbi
Kraai

Dams
Umtata
Ncora
Lubisi

Supplies water to
Umtata
Queenstown
Port St Johns