Dear YWG supporter,
It will not surprise you that this month’s newsletter is devoted solely to the mid-Vaal and the complete destruction wrought by the discharge of at least 150 million litres of raw sewage daily into SA’s most important river from Emfuleni’s sewage plants which decant into the Barrage reservoir. This was a disaster just waiting to happen despite SAVE’s (Save the Vaal) heroic efforts over the last 12 years to prevent this.
All of the best for 2018 and here’s hoping it will be an improvement on 2017!
Here is some news for you:
The Water Research Commission has a study which may be of interest to you. This is titled “Scoping Study on the Development & Sustainable Utilization of Inland Fisheries – Vol 1 & 2”. As we may not post it on our website you will have to order it from the WRC. I asked Peter Mills to summarise the main points and he writes:
Two items which should concern us is the evidence of the mounting pollution of the Vaal System via the Blesbokspruit and the reckless behaviour of the DWS Minister in the uplifting of the suspension of the water use licence for the WPB Colliery at the head of the Elands River and at the centre of a protected area.