DID YOU KNOW?
The Pondoland area is largely rural and undeveloped. The coastal area forms part of the Pondoland Marine Protected Area, with almost pristine estuaries, however, the potential mining of heavy metal deposits threaten this area.
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Acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal and gold mining areas has had devastating impacts on water resources, with acidification of rivers and streams, elevated metal levels and consequent fish die-offs. Many of our catchments are already heavily polluted by mining and an estimated R30 billion is required to clean South Africa’s nearly 6000 abandoned mines.
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.
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.
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