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  • In South Africa the scarce fresh water is decreasing in quality

    In South Africa the scarce fresh water is decreasing in quality because of an increase in pollution and the destruction of river catchments, caused by urbanisation, deforestation, damming of rivers, destruction of wetlands, industry, mining, agriculture, energy use and accidental water pollution. As the human population increases, there is an increase in pollution and catchment destruction.

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  • SA rivers in deep water

    The strangling of the river by pollution and water extraction is typical on major rivers across South Africa, more than half of which are in bad condition, according to the authoritative Atlas of Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas in South Africa. The river crisis, aggravated by the drought, is putting water supply at risk. Rivers feed dams and 29 of 100 major dams have a “red” health risk from either high nutrient levels or algae-like organisms called blue-greens, some of which produce toxins dangerous to humans. Untreated sewage was flowing into the Little Fish and Great Fish rivers, among many other rivers in the Eastern Cape with this problem.

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  • South Africa's acid mine water pollution risks lives

    South Africa has failed to address the massive environmental and health effects of more than 130 years of mining in and around Johannesburg. Waste from mines dug more than a century ago stretching along one of the world’s largest gold deposits has left communities exposed to life threatening effects, repor ts Reuters. Individuals are exposed to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can contribute to life threatening health conditions like TB and cancer. According to residents the effect has left one of her family members dead

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