Help Stop the Vaal River Pollution.

Explore Parys is deeply concerned by the ongoing pollution of the Vaal River system. We stand to lose our most precious and important water source in the country, but the government and Department of Water and Sanitation fail to acknowledge the crises. 60% of South Africa’s economy relies on the Vaal river for water. Most […]

Explore Parys is deeply concerned by the ongoing pollution of the Vaal River system. We stand to lose our most precious and important water source in the country, but the government and Department of Water and Sanitation fail to acknowledge the crises. 60% of South Africa’s economy relies on the Vaal river for water. Most importantly, every South African has a right to clean water and sanitation. Water is life! We cannot just stand by and watch. Serious pollution of the Vaal River with raw sewage flowing daily into the river and its tributaries is causing an ecological disaster. The ongoing Vaal River pollution must end.

More than half of SA’s municipal waste-water treatment works need urgent rehabilitation, and 11% of waste-water works are dysfunctional, polluting the environment and increasing the cost of water treatment. Recently thousands of fish, birds and animals have died due to the Vaal River pollution.

Image of Anthea Piater on the Vaal River, Vredefort Dome. Photo credit – Francois Botha

Explore Parys supports the SAVE (Save the Vaal Environment) NGO. On the 11th of August 2018 we attended the SAVE general meeting and have since been in discussions with members of SAVE, offering our assistance to improve the state of the Vaal, and put an end to the crises. We understand the threat the pollution poses to local businesses and activities in Parys, Tumahole and the Vredefort Dome alike. Most importantly, we are concerned with the threat it poses to nature, the environment, and our future. We are also proud supporters of FOSAF, the Yellowfish Working Group, and Birdlife South Africa.

By 2030, the country may run out of water unless management of the resource improves. However if Government keeps avoiding the issue, that day will arrive a lot sooner. We are at the tipping point and we need to act now!

Vaal River Pollution
Thousands of fish and wildlife have died due to the recent pollution. Image courtesy: Caxton Central

SAVE is a non-profit NGO run by volunteers and is entirely reliant on donations from concerned citizens. Vaal River sewage pollution is a crisis. SAVE aims to protect and maintain the environmental integrity of the Vaal River and its environs in the area between the Vaal Dam and Parys. SAVE has earned an excellent track record in winning legal battles against polluters. The national, provincial & local governments have disregarded the Bill of Rights in terms of care for the environment & service delivery.

Kindly consider donating to this worthy cause. You can also read more about them here.

Video by Jonathan Tucker, showing the current state of the Vaal – 1 September 2018

Important News and updates:

  • Mboweni’s recognition for urgent action to stop Vaal pollution welcomed (25 October 2018) – View here
  • Government calls in armed forces to help with the Vaal River water crisis (24 October 2018) – View here
  • Water deputy director fired because of lack of ‘trust and confidence (22 October 2018) – View here
  • Quality of Water in the Vaal Barrage Reservoir (Date Sampled: 5 September 2018) – View here
  • Department of Water and Sanitation swimming in debt left by Nomvula Mokonyane (5 September 2018) – View here
  • SAHRC hopes probe into Vaal River contamination holds govt accountable (4 september 2018) – View here
  • Emfuleni washing away our human rights (4 September 2018) – View here
  • Quality of Water in the Vaal Barrage Reservoir (Date Sampled: 29 August 2018) – View here
  • Michael Avery is joined by Sputnik Ratau, (Media Liaison Officer at the Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs), Chris Williams, (SAVE – Save the Vaal Environment) & Dr Anthony Turton (Environmental Advisor & Professor: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Free State) to discuss The Vaal Dam crisis. (22 August 2018) – View here
  • Water fight over R322m overspend, News24 Article by Sipho Masondo (19 August 2018) – View here
  • More than 2 billion people lack safe drinking water. That number will only grow. Science News Article By Alexandra Witze (16 August 2018) – View here
  • SAVE’S OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER GUGILE NKWINTI, MINISTER OF WATER AND SANITATION< (16 August 2018) – View here
  • Departments deny fish mortality and raw sewage link (13 August 2018) – View here

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