started this petition to
Minister Of Environmental affrairs South Africa - Bomo Edna Molewa
Destruction of the Vaal Dam
The Vaal Dam has a catchment area covering 38 505 square kilometres and a capacity to hold 2575 million cubic metres of water which, under normal circumstances and without a substantial inflow, will last for 2 years. This dam has a surface area of 321 square kilometres and an average depth of 22,5 metres.
The dam is home to thousands of birds (the Fish Eagle have recently come home), Duiker, Many cats, Jackals, insects, the famous bull frog and many thousands of others species.
R9,7 million has been allocated for a so called sanitation project. The raw sewage pipe is for a massive settlement called Refengkhotso.
This sewerage waste will be pumped directly into the Vaal Dam causing major contamination to humans and all wildlife in this massive area of water.
The existing sewers built in 2012 no longer work due to lack of maintenance and misuse of Municipal and government funds. Firstly is does not cost 9.7 million rand to run a +-15 km raw sewage pipeline and secondly it would not cost near to this amount to fix the existing sewers. This project smells of another excuse to back-pocket money that belongs to the tax payer. It seems that this project is based on corruption and greed.
The Negative impact on the environment of dumping raw sewage into the Vaal are as follows:
Depending on its content and level of treatment, sewage can wreak havoc all the way up the food chain to humans. Raw, untreated sewage, for example, may contain harmful chemicals, hazardous compounds, heavy metals, and viruses.
All signed petitions in the area have been ignored by the powers that be.
Please help us to prevent the sewerage pipeline from from reaching completion.
We have forever cause they will dig it up when we are done... PLEASE SIGN THIS.