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Cape Town river packed with plastic

Participants who took part in the 10th annual Peninsula Paddle were left stunned at the amount of plastic that is suffocating a section of the Black River. Each year the Peninsula Paddle brings together individuals from all over the Mother City....

DWS moves to establish the Anti-Pollution Task Team

The Department of Water and Sanitation moved a step closer to constituting the Anti-Pollution Task Team (APTT) which will deal with escalating incidents of pollution across the country. The intention to establish the Task Team emanates from a call...

Mercury found in KZN river

The Umgeni River is the main water source for communities living around KwaXimba, in Cato Ridge outside Durban . The KwaXimba community is being warned to stay away from a local stream. This comes after revelations that the river has been...

DWS warns coal mines to stop polluting water sources

Coal mines have polluted 90% of groundwater in the Highveld region in Mpumalanga alone. The Department of Water and Sanitation has thus reiterated its call to coal mines in to stop polluting water resources, especially in the Highveld, or face the...

Duzi contamination is wake-up call for boards

The accidental release of some 240 tons of toxic effluent into the Msunduzi River in Pietermaritzburg last week should alert governing bodies to the importance of identifying and addressing environmental and social risk in all their activities....
Vaal river

R341 million allocated to saving the Vaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has committed R341 million to saving the Vaal River, in an effort that is expected to create 2 000 jobs and establish a new catchment management agency. The DWS recently signed an Implementation Protocol...