VOLUME 7 Back to the EWT website  
March 2006
 
   ED's Note  
 

National Water Week and our biodiversity

With National Water Week running from 27-31 March, our focus once again falls on WATER.  The theme for 2006 is "Water for Growth and Development".  Many of us take this rare and precious resource for granted, and yet all life - plant, animal and human - is dependant on it . Water Week provides a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the consumers they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
This month we take a look at our KZN Biodiversity Programme that works to ensure the sustainability of ecosystems  in KZN, especially those dealing with resource management to  effectively conserve our wetlands. We take it for granted, and complain whenever there is an interruption in the flow of water on tap. Yet water remains one of South Africa's rarest and most precious commodities, and in times of drought, we run the very real risk of running out of water altogether. That's why it is so vitally important for every one of us to use our water wisely, because if each of us saves a little water, we all save a lot.
Remember, every drop is precious – let’s make a difference. Visit www.ewt.org.za/green_tips.aspx to get tips on how you can live a greener life and save water in your daily living.
"At current supply and demand, South Africa’s fresh water resources will be fully utilized by 2025" - The Editor

 
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BIODIVERSITY AND WATER – ARE WE DOING ENOUGH?
 
 


 
 

Much of South Africa’s biodiversity is under severe threat and none more so than those elements associated with the country’s water resources. South Africa, currently categorised as a water-stressed country, is forecasted to experience physical water scarcity by the year 2025. With the trends in population growth and its attributes, and the ongoing pollution of our available water sources, there is bound to be increased pressure on the available water probably resulting in increased conflict over its allocation and a further stress on this resource leading to scarcity.

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ORIBI SURVEY INDICATES HOPE FOR THREATENED ANTELOPE.
 
 
     

The Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) is a highly specialised antelope inhabiting African temperate grasslands. In South Africa, their numbers have declined sharply in recent years, and they now exist in only a few formally protected areas where they may resist the impact of mankind’s activities, with the bulk of Oribi occurring on privately-owned land. South Africa’s latest Red Data Book for Mammals (2004) classifies the Oribi as “Endangered”, due to its rapid decline in recent years, caused primarily by habitat destruction and continued persecution by man.

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Written by Kevin McCann/email kevinm@ewt.org.za

 
 
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Eco News
THE ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST SCHOOL FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES
 
 

The EWT is inviting schools to take action and become more aware of their environment. By getting children to discover more about their environment and organisations working to conserve their natural heritage, children will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and explore their attitudes to environmental issues. The EWT has started a new schools campaign which offers two options to schools to support the environment. Schools can sign up for membership for as little a R299 per annum. This entitles them to receive our quarterly magazines and monthly electronic newsletters. Thanks to Dainfern College for being the first school to sign !

 
 
  For more information on School Fundraising please contact Penny Buthelezi on pennyb@ewt.org.za
or call (011) 486-1102
 
   
 

CELEBRATE NATIONAL WATER WEEK FROM 27 TO 31 MARCH 2006

 
   
 

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry today announced that National Water Week will be celebrated from 27 to 31 March 2006, a week later than it was originally scheduled. National Water Week is a significant awareness campaign of the Department and it serves as a powerful mechanism to popularise the importance of water to the general public and to the general water stakeholder group. It creates a platform for the Department and other relevant stakeholders to communicate important water messages to the public.

 
 
 

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For more information visit
http://www.dwaf.gov.za/Events/WaterWeek/2006/default.asp

Source: Dept. of Water And Forestry


 
 
 

HUNTERS CONTRIBUTE TO CONSERVATION

 
 
 
The Pretoria East branch of the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) has been supporting the Giant Bullfrog Project (GBP) financially for the last three years and has recently launched their "Multibraai Competition", aimed at generating funds for their conservation fund.
 
 
One of the main beneficiaries of this fund will be the EWT Giant Bullfrog Project. 
SAHGCA is selling tickets at R20 per ticket, or you can help sell a book of 10 tickets to help raise funds for this project.
Fantastic prizes are up for grabs: A stainless steel gas braai worth R6000, a GPS worth R2000 and a hand made folding knife worth R700.
 
   
 

The competition closes on 17 May 2006 and the lucky winners will be announced after a wine tasting, auction of a hunting rifle, hunting packages and vintage wines.

 
     
  If you would like to get involved with either the competition or auction please call Francois van Emmenes on 0828217109 or email VANEMMFJ@sabs.co.za.  
 

 
 
WINNER OF SMS WETLANDS COMPETITION
 
     
 

Congratulations to Maxwell Van Os in winning the case of Bonaqua bottled water in our wetlands SMS competition.

Why don’t you sms the word water to 38383 to show your support for National Water Week on 27 to 31 March 2006? You will donate R10.00 to the EWT to help us conserve this natural resource

 
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Events
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL IN DURBAN
 
     
 

Date: 24 April 2006

Time: 17:30 for 18:00


Inspired by the wild, the South African wildlife filmmaking community, for the first time ever, will be given the opportunity to meet, network and negotiate with the rest of the global wildlife filmmaking industry, at the Wild Talk Africa film festival and conference in April 2006.


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COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION (THE MAKULEKE AS A CASE STUDY).

 
     
 
Date: 11 April 2006

Time: 18:30 – 19:00

Venue: The Country Club Johannesburg , Napier Road, Auckland Park.


Our guest speaker in April is Andre van Zyl, the Working Group Manager for the Conservation Leadership Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.  Andre will be presenting on the Makuleke Training Project (MTP). 

In September 1969 the Makuleke tribe, part of the Shangaan people, were forcibly removed by the South African government from 24,000 hectares of the fertile Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park, where they had been living off the land for decades. Following South Africa’s democratic elections of 1994, the land Restitution Act made it possible for the Makuleke to enter a claim for their land.


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Wish List
 
 

 
 
If you're at a loss on what to do with unwanted items, why not donate them to the EWT.

The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:

Cell phone and Charger
Paper shredder
 
 
PA system
Hi-Fi system
Bicycles
5 x Hands free telephone head sets
 
     
 

Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.

 
     
 

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

Please contact Penny Buthelezi on (011) 486-1102 or email her on wishlist@ewt.org.za to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.

 
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Eco facts
 
     
  Tips on Saving Water in the home;  
 
Don’t leave a tap running while you brush your teeth
Fix those leaky toilet and taps!
Take shorter showers
Use a broom, not a hose, to clear leaves from your driveway
Fill a bowl of water to clean vegetables, instead of rinsing them under a running tap
 
     
  When out:  
 
Don’t waste water just because someone else is footing the bill, such as at restaurants and hotels
 
  For more information on other ways of living a greener life click here.  
     
 
WATER:
 
 
70% of the earths surface is covered with water, but of this approximately 97% is salt water the remaining 3% is fresh water
Of the 3% less than 1% is available for life on earth whilst the rest is in the form of ice at the poles
SA receives an annual rainfall of 492 mm which is nearly ½ he earth’s average
SA experiences alternating periods of drought and floods which affects the amount of water across the country. Hot and dry conditions result in a high evaporation rate
 
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Benefits
SUBSCRIBE TO 2 AWARD WINNING MAGAZINES, AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC OR AFRICA BIRDS & BIRDING
 
 
 
 
Subscribe to  2 award winning magazines, Africa Geographic or Africa Birds & Birding, save 20% and receive a free copy of Africa Geographic Traveler, worth R50.

This vibrant special issue presents a list of the continent's 10 'best ever' safari experiences written and photographed by Africa's leading conservation and travel journalists.


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