The Drought

The new year saw a progressive worsening of the country-wide drought. It’s becoming a growing reality that water restrictions will become the norm, rather than the exception. In KZN, however, some rain has fallen in the Drakensberg and Midlands regions, but Zululand remains critically dry.

Lake St Lucia is at an all-time low at about 15 – 20% percent of its normal capacity. Recent aerial monitoring showed extensive dry lake-beds. It is at times like these that water trickling out of the dunes of the Eastern Shores section that maintains seeps, small wetlands and streams that enable wildlife to survive. The iSimangaliso Wetland Authority, responsible for the over-all management of this World Heritage Site, is currently negotiating relief strategies. For more about this story and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park click here:

We can all play our own small part by being mindful of how we use water at home and in our daily lives. South Africa is a water-poor country and it is imperative that we guard very jealously our scarce water resources. Any threat to these has to be vigorously resisted, while water conservation has to become a ‘top-of-mind’ issue. Fracking is probably the greatest threat to our ground-water supplies, and  we all have a responsibility to oppose it wherever it might rear its ugly head. For a chilling look at the effects of fracking in other parts of the world see:

The words of the old Native American Cree prophesy are very true: “Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

The Cree are one of the largest groups of indigenous peoples of North America, located mainly across Canada, and historically in the United States from Minnesota westward but are found today in Montana .

3 replies
  1. farouk latiff
    farouk latiff says:

    This is a long shot.What if we get the eigineers involved in designing a pipeline from the Sea to the mountains where we could circulate the water and feed the province.This will assist in reducing the drought.We can treat the water and then distribute to homes and farms. Similar set up like having a rock pool pump..

    • Hugo Misselhorn
      Hugo Misselhorn says:

      Has any one done a technical and economic feasibility study on getting water from the sea?

      Hugo Misselhorn

  2. Rhino Club Team
    Rhino Club Team says:

    Thank you for your responses. There have been many a great deal of work done in many parts of the world to provide water for arid lands. One is desalination of sea-water, which is a massively expensive operation given the restraints of current technology. Another is a once far-fetched idea of towing ice-bergs from Antarctica to South Africa. Again, an enormously expensive operation. We should, however, at the present time continue to use our scarce water resources very carefully. and, as the article suggests, resist most strongly, any threat to those resources.


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