Category Archives: Environment

Jumping the Water Gun

Conor Eastment  The beginning of 2017 in Cape Town has certainly been dominated by drought. With dam levels reaching 33% for the area as of beginning March, and a potentially dry winter forecast, the ‘doomsday preppers’ are certainly in their … Continue reading

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Positive Reinforcement inspires ripples of (behaviour) change

Nick Fordyce If you’re living in the Cape you must be aware that we’re in the middle of a water crisis. It’s hard to avoid reminders of this dry reality. The province’s worst drought in over 100 years, coupled with … Continue reading

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Future water options from within the Cape Flats Aquifer: poorly understood risks

By Dr. Kevin Winter Cape Town’s pre-winter rainfall cannot come quickly enough in this drought stricken region. Since 2015 records show a below average rainfall for the southern Cape which has result in a reduced storage capacity of the major … Continue reading

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Waiting for the rain

  Cape Town residents are increasingly familiar with the constraints of water use – the region is in the grip of its third major drought since 2001. In April 2005, for example, the water storage capacity of the main supply … Continue reading

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Liesbeek Life Plan

                  The Liesbeek Life Plan is a recently formed collaborative effort between the Friends Of the Liesbeek and UCT’s Urban Water Management research unit to contribute to plans and designs for restoring … Continue reading

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Going Green

The harsh environment that is created when a river is canalized is often sterile and void of any aquatic life or the opportunity for  life to exist. In some countries, especially those faced with already dense urban areas, a paradigm … Continue reading

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Brandhouse make their mark along the Liesbeek

On the 03rd of October, 10 employees from Brandhouse came out and donated some of their time to cleaning up the litter along the Liesbeek River. The bank they worked on had been  cleared of dense stands of invasive vegetation, which had … Continue reading

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Talk at WESSA on the Cape Clawless Otter on 19th April

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Water Quality and SASS

The health of a river is often determined by the quality of the water that flows along its course. Due to differences in geology and vegetation, rivers around the country vary with regards to what is termed “healthy”. For example … Continue reading

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Removing alien trees along our river

For most of us the sight of lush green-leafed tress hanging over a gentle flowing river, invokes a sense of serenity and calm. However, it is true what they say, that “too much of a good thing is bad”, and … Continue reading

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