DID YOU KNOW?
Table Mountain has been named one of the seven natural wonders of the world for its iconic biodiversity, geological, and water characteristics.
Cape Town currently has seven dams in the area supplying water to the metro, but most of Cape Town's water comes from the Boland Water Source Area.
The availability of clean drinking water from Table Mountain is the reason Cape Town was established as a port city and trade hub centuries ago. The river in Platteklip Gorge and springs in Oranjezicht were the first water sources.
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Alien Invasive Vegetation
Invasive alien trees that have spread through large parts of our country consume more than 2.9% of available water resources. In some catchments, water losses are higher than 25%. These losses contribute to biodiversity loss by crowding out indigenous species, devastating surrounding ecosystem.
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.
Fires are a part of the natural lifecycle of the Fynbos, savannah and grasslands but a higher frequency of fires doesn't allow enough time for natural ecosystems to recover. The impact is exacerbated by the presence of invasive alien trees that burn hotter and longer, causing greater damage to property and the environment. Higher intensity and frequency of fires means that precious soil is eroded and more easily washed away.
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