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BOSVELD PHOSPHATES TO PAY R2.55 MILLION FINE FOR WATER POLLUTION

August 5, 2015
/ Categories: News

"What this settlement between Bosveld Phosphates Pty Ltd, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation, shows is that environmental crimes don’t go unpunished. While some would have expected a harsher outcome, we believe this is a step in the right direction as we continue to work together to deal with …

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WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

June 5, 2015
/ Categories: Featured Projects: USAID: RESILIM O

“As we reflect on World Environment Day 2015, it seems like many of our environmental legacies are burdens rather than gifts to our young people. In the Olifants Catchment, we're facing unchecked pollution, poor protection of habitats and inappropriate use of land and resources," says AWARD’s Assistant Director, Derick du Toit. It's not all doom and …

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THINGS ARE HOTTING UP IN THE OLIFANTS CATCHMENT

June 2, 2015
/ Categories: News

“With temperatures predicted to rise by maybe as much as 3-4 degree Celcius in some areas of the Olifants Catchment, nobody can afford to ignore climate change,” says Sharon Pollard, Director of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD). Speaking at an Earth Day event in Hoedspruit, she noted that the Olifants River, which extends …

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AWARD CONDEMNS XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

April 21, 2015
/ Categories: News

As an organization that believes in the equity of all people and a sustainable future for all the citizens of our planet, we strongly condemn the recent and ongoing xenophobic attacks on people in South Africa. We would like to add our voice to all other organizations and individuals within South Africa and across the …

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SEEING THE OLIFANTS THROUGH NEW EYES

March 31, 2015
/ Categories: News

“There is nothing like 30 creative minds, fresh eyes and a fountain of interesting ideas to paint a new picture of an old friend,” said Derick du Toit, Assistant Director at the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD). He was appraising senior pupils’ colourful and creative renditions of a river and its role in …

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WHAT’S GOING ON WITH OUR WATER?

March 23, 2015
/ Categories: News

What do miners, farmers, luxury lodge owners and fisherman in South Africa and Mozambique have in common? They rely on a river that runs from Witbank and Sekhukhuneland in Mpumalanga, through the Kruger National Park and across the Mozambiquan border to Massingir, Chokwe and XaiXai, where it finds rest in the salty water of the Indian …

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RECYCLING HELPS SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

November 24, 2014
/ Categories: Report

A strong love for the environment and wanting to be an environmental change agent saw Thembi Maesela, a Burgersfort business woman, establish a company that conducts business through recycling, Marumo Green Projects. Recycling allows us to reduce certain waste products which helps reduce the impact waste has on the environment. Thembi's very first recycling contract was …

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YOUR WETLAND, YOUR OPPORTUNITY

October 7, 2014
/ Categories: News

The Makuya Wetland Indaba took place in October 2013 and was hosted by community research monitors who are part of the Wise Use Project, being implemented by the Association for Water and Rural Development in collaboration with the Mondi Wetlands Programme and Working for Wetlands, based at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The Indaba …

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CONSERVATION IN A TIME OF RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE

September 29, 2014
/ Categories: News

Conservationists beware: climate change is not some abstract concept thought up by lofty professors, it is a reality that affects you. This was the message from Professor Camille Parmesan, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007. She delivered a key note lecture on climate change at …

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ENGAGING WITH STAKEHOLDERS

June 12, 2014
/ Categories: News

The Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) recently began an important stakeholder engagement process to better understand the people and practices operating in the Olifants river basin. The work forms part of the USAID: RESILIM ‘O’ programme and will be carried out in 7 clusters within the basin. This programme is designed to reduce vulnerability …

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A NEW APPROACH TO OLD ISSUES

June 12, 2014
/ Categories: News

“I really value what AWARD’s trying to do – the issues in the Olifant’s catchment are all systemically related. It is vitally important for people in the catchment to understand how their actions affect others; be it subsistence farmers, municipalities, conservation bodes or mining corporations,” says Professor Ray Ison. Ray Ison, who holds professorships in Systems …

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LEARNING FROM CHANGE: TRANSFORMING PRACTICES THROUGH COLLABORATIVE ACTION IN A COMMUNAL WETLAND OF MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA.

March 14, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

Abstract: In this paper we will reflect upon the theoretical underpinnings of a project conducted in a South African village bordering on a valley wetland in order to contribute to the discourse of natural resources management. The wetland, located at the foothills of the Drankensberg Mountains in eastern Mpumalanga Province, is a lifeline for roughly one hundred farmers and …

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PLANNING FOR A MULTIPLE USE SYSTEM APPROACH AT LOCAL LEVEL: EXPERIENCES FROM BUSHBUCKRIDGE, SOUTH AFRICA

March 14, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

Abstract Looking at livelihoods strategies of poor rural communities, it becomes evident that people require water for both domestic and productive needs. Access to reliable supplies of water affects a great number of activities, and water availability can provide a wide range of opportunities for the rural poor. However, traditionally, water supply planning has focussed on …

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LEARNING TO COPE WITH CHANGE: TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES THROUGH ADOPTING A SYSTEMS APPROACH IN THE COMMUNAL WETLANDS OF LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA

March 13, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

This project falls under the auspices of the Save the Sand Programme, an integrated catchment management initiative for the Sand River Catchment in South Africa. The catchment (2000 km2), situated in the north-eastern region of South Africa, is regarded as vulnerable in terms of water security. Indeed it is an example of the increasing conflict that is developing …

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“A REVIEW OF COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, BOTSWANA, AND NAMIBIA) PERTAINING SPECIFICALLY TO FRESHWATER SYSTEMS”

March 13, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

South Africa includes a diversity of freshwater resources: rivers, estuaries, wetlands and lakes, although these are limited (Fundudsi, Kosi Bay, Sibaya and St Lucia). Nonetheless, with a rainfall of 500mm, placing it well below the global average of 800mm, it is a water-stressed country. Issues of governance and rights of access are then key in managing for sustainability …

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LEARNING TO COPE WITH CHANGE: TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES THROUGH ADOPTING A SYSTEMS APPROACH IN THE COMMUNAL WETLANDS OF LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA.

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Learning to cope with  change: transforming agricultural practices through adopting a systems approach in the communal wetlands of Limpopo, South Africa.  ABSTRACT: D, Du Toit, S. Pollard. V. Dlamini, and E. Chuma Basin and Projectcontext This project falls under the auspices of the Save the Sand Programme, an integrated catchment management initiative for the Sand River Catchment in South Africa. …

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ACHIEVING INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: THE MISMATCH IN BOUNDARIES BETWEEN WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND WATER SUPPLY

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Achieving Integrated Water Resource Management: the mismatch in boundaries between water resources management and water supply ABSTRACT: S. Pollard (AWARD), D. du Toit (AWARD)  Central to the National Water Policy of South Africa and echoed in the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) and Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997) is the devolution of water …

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MANAGING IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: HOW THE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES SEEK TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUITY IN WATER RESOURCES IN SOUTH AFRICA

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Managing in complex systems: How the catchment management strategies seek to achieve sustainability and equity in water resources in South Africa ABSTRACT: S. Pollard (AWARD), D. du Toit (AWARD), J. Beumar, DWAF (now Ninham-Shand) It is increasingly evident that command-and-control approaches of the past that attempt to manage the system as one that produces a maximum yield have not …

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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN IWRM: WHAT’S GOING WRONG?

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Public participation in IWRM: what’s going wrong? ABSTRACT: D. du Toit (AWARD), S. Pollard (AWARD) Despite the strong emphasis on public participation in the National Water Act (NWA), South Africa has yet to implement a comprehensive and functional approach to public engagement at the level of Water Management Areas. Part of the problem is that actual requirements …

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IS THE APPLICATION OF A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS ADEQUATE FOR MEETING TRANSBOUNDARY WATER AGREEMENTS?

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Is the application of a rights-based approach to environmental flows adequate for meeting transboundary water agreements? Experiences from lowveld rivers in South Africa and consequences for Mozambique and Swaziland  ABSTRACT: D. du Toit (AWARD), S. Pollard (AWARD) In this paper we explore a rights approach and the potential value it might hold for South Africa’s ability to honour …

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