South Africa, your electricity is already being tampered with – what would you say if your water was too? This might be a reality if the rerouting of the N3 highway from Van Reenen to De Beer’s Pass gets the go ahead. And though these are located in the Drakensberg, they have a lot more to do with you and the rest of South Africa than you think. De Beer’s Pass happens to be located in the heart of the Drakensberg wetlands, which play a crucial role in managing, at no cost, South Africa's limited water reserves.
The pace of events has increased dramatically since the last SOS No. 12 in July where we communicated the fact that the DAEA (Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs) had authorised the mine in terms of NEMA (National Environment Management Act).
Nairobi — The 290 kilometre long and 32km wide Lake Turkana is the world's largest desert lake. It has 12 inflowing rivers (all seasonal except the Omo in Ethiopia that accounts for 90 per cent of all inflows) and no outlets. The two main seasonal rivers are the Turkwel and Kerio in Kenya. With a volume of 203.6 cubic kilometres, an inflow of 19 cubic kilometres per year is required to keep the lake levels steady.