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Still Waiting in Goedverwacht

Goedverwacht, a rural settlement in the Western Cape, continues to struggle with limited water access and a lack of potable tap water twenty nine years after South Africa became a democracy. Having been established as a Moravian Mission Settlement in the late 1800s, Goedverwacht continues to be fully controlled by the Church and the community has little influence over decisions affecting their development and access to resources.

Justice Delayed

While access to safe, reliable, affordable water for households remains crucial, there are other dimensions of water security beyond the immediate necessities of domestic consumption. In a water-scarce country like South Africa, these broader dimensions of water insecurity may limit development, health and livelihoods, making the problem of water access both technical and political.

Wetland Rehabilitation

Large areas of the Cape Flats were once seasonal wetlands, now lost to infilling and drainage for urban and agricultural development. Remaining wetlands are severely degraded. Many are entirely disconnected from surrounding natural areas and are slowly losing biodiversity value, but some can be rehabilitated, providing opportunities to bring back, or at least improve, highly threatened habitats and improve ecosystem connectivity.

Cape Flats Seasonal Wetlands

Before agricultural and urban development, wetlands on the Cape Flats were mainly seasonal, drying up in the summer. Cycles of drought and flooding were crucial for natural wetland biodiversity. Today, seasonal wetlands have been infilled or changed to permanent systems, changing important lifecycle cues and threatening indigenous species including some that are endemic to the Cape.

Touching the Silver Serpent

As the medium of life, water is a boundless shapeshifter that patterns the Earth and all its living beings with its continuous cycles of ebb and flow. How do we shift our relationship to water? How do we learn, or rediscover, or reinvent in our current context how to restore health and take care of the water, so the water can heal and take care of us? 

3rd Aug 2023|0 Comments
The History of the Princess

The story of Princess Vlei, one of the wetlands that makes up our Ramsar Wetlands City, is a quintessentially South African story, encompassing violence and dispossession as well as hope, healing and harmony‚Ķ and some very feisty women.

31st Jul 2023|0 Comments
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