Ground breaking local legislation and policies put in place since 1994 are starting to have positive effects. Yet demographic changes, urbanisation and a growing middle class society, with higher water, food and electricity demands, create a new set of challenges for the country. Climate change poses a further level of complexity, with projections of up to 10% reductions in river flows in the Western Cape by 2015, gradually moving eastwards. Changes in rainfall patterns, with shorter more intense rainfall events, will also influence water quantity and quality, as well as risks of flood events. These challenges place all of us at risk.
WWF-SA builds a more water secure future in partnership with communities, business and government through our water programmes and projects. Our Water Balance Programme enables companies to review their water use, minimise impact and invest in replenishing catchment health and removing thirsty alien vegetation. We also work in the headwaters of the Vaal, Pongola and Thugela through our Enkangala Grasslands Programme to protect these remote areas from threats to water and biodiversity, including poorly planned mining.
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