Hyacinth removal program in full swing

The Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering Committee, with the assistance of community members, are currently removing these plants at the Schoemansville Oewer Club.
Currently, a thousand tons are removed per day. However, the hyacinth grow (multiply) at a much higher rate. More contractors are needed and the only current solution is to fund these contractors with the financial contribution by the community. Rudy Joles of the Rehabilitation Committee urges the community to get involved. “I want to appeal to the local community to get involved and donate towards this project in order to appoint more contractors to remove this pest from the Dam. A non-profit organisation was appointed, with full transparency and the auditing company KPMG, to make sure that all the funds donated go to the right cause.”
All donations will be published in Kormorant and on the committee’s Facebook page. “I would like to appeal to everyone that has got a concern and is affected by this crisis to come to the party and join this cleaning-up effort.”
The water hyacinth that is currently covering more than 30% of the surface of the Hartbeespoort Dam, is the most invasive and rapidly proliferating aquatic weed in the world. For the last ten years the Department of Water and Sanitation ran a programme, Metse a Me, to keep the hyacinth and algae at bay on the dam. However, amidst allegations of corruption, nepotism and infighting, the department abruptly pulled the plug on this otherwise succesfull programme. Now, millions of these plants are covering large parts of Hartbeespoort dam, making water activities like boating and fishing virtually impossible.
Earlier this year during a community meeting, the Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering Committee was formed to look at ways on how to tackle this growing ecological disaster.
Go to www.kormorant.co.za and the Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering Committee Facebook page for more information on the hyacinth crisis and what is being done to solve it.

Netting the monster. As part of the ongoing removal of the Hyacinth – nets are being used to pull the plants to the shore for removal by contractors. Thankfully the wind was cooperating today. This trial is taking place at the Schoemansville Oewer Club. Thanks to the Management for their continued support in this project.

How to Donate:

Bank Details: Account holder name : ACORN FOUNDATION NPC
Absa account number : 40-7861-9720
Branch code : 537155 / 632005
The account is fully transparent and audited by the reputable company KPMG. All the necessary documentation will be made available on request.
The reference on any payment should be – HBP , followed by your name or surname.

Also see:

WATCH: Removal of hyacinths on the Hartbeespoort Dam

WATCH: Water hyacinth crisis on the Hartbeespoort Dam



Deon van Huizen

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