DID YOU KNOW?
The water inside these mountains flows down to several thousands of metres where it heats up and returns as hot springs – found at Calitzdorp, Montagu and Warmwaterberg. The mountains were also home to the Khoi and San, evident from the rock art that has been left behind.
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.
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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