Hartbeespoort community raises R1.7M to clean up dam

The Hartbeespoort community has come together in an effort to clean up the famous Hartebeespoort Dam.

Over the years it's been plagued by the growth of hyacinth - the most invasive and rapidly proliferating aquatic weed in the world.

To date, hundreds of hyacinth have been removed successfully through the Harties Foundation.

Azania Mosaka spoke to founding director Rudy Joles and Petrus Venter, North West Deputy Regional Director for Integrated Water Resource Management at the Department of Sanitation.

We have gone over and asked the town as a collective to help with public funding. R 1.7 million has been raised, at this stage we are still about R 600 000 in the red.

Rudy Joles, founding director of the Harties Foundation

The good part is we have reduced the 45% coverage down to less than 7%.

Rudy Joles, founding director of the Harties Foundation

We never going to get rid of hyacinth and the project plan in place is that we need to contain 3 to 5% hyacinth on the dam continuously. The hyacinth contribute to the quality of the water.

Rudy Joles, founding director of the Harties Foundation

Click on the link below to listen to hear Venter share some of the efforts that have been made by local government over the past 10 years...


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