Several studies have revealed that South Africa's 'strategic water' source areas are largely unprotected.
According to a Council for Scientific and Industrial Research [CSIR] study, by 2030, South Africa will experience a 17% deficit between water supply and demand.
Certain areas of our land, specifically ten per cent of the land, produces fifty per cent of fresh water runoff and it's that kind of proportion that makes them strategic.— Catherine Horsfield, attorney, Center for Environmental Rights
The 22 areas are spread out across five provinces; the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.— Catherine Horsfield, attorney, Center for Environmental Rights
Without any form of legal protection, there can be any form of development within those areas no matter how destructive of the water resource they are.— Catherine Horsfield, attorney, Center for Environmental Rights
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