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Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering Committee HRSC

Water hyacinth infestation reached epidemic proportions during the 2016/7 summer on the Hartbeespoort Dam. In February 2017 a community meeting was held and a Committee was formed with a mandate to consider how the nuisance factor of the alien plants could be removed. Committee members included media and communication specialists, politicians, technical experts, finance and marketing representatives and legal professionals. The technical subcommittee considered various methods of removing the water plants. It was determined that the preferable method would be mechanical removal as opposed to the administration of herbicides due to the dysfunctional consequences of water quality and pollution that the later would result in. A funding model was accepted and then given to the community. Contractors are awaiting appointment while others have started hyacinth removal in spite of the risk of non-payment due to the lack of sufficient donor funding. During the winter of 2017 some 20 000 tonnes of water plant was removed from the dam. Current calculations have determined that 60 000 tonnes of hyacinth need to be removed per month over a four month period in order for the mandate of the committee to be met. In order to provide legal capacity, Harties Foundation NPC 2017/263790/08 was formed. This being a non-profit company, manages the committee’s fundraising, funding, marketing and and contractual arrangements. Assistance is given by the Acorn Foundation NPC 2011/128055/08 | PBO 930048253 in the collection of donations, administration, to Harties Foundation.
© Copyright 2017 Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering Committee  

About

Hartbeespoort Dam Rehabilitation Steering

Committee HRSC

Water hyacinth infestation reached epidemic proportions during the 2016/7 summer on the Hartbeespoort Dam. In February 2017 a community meeting was held and a Committee was formed with a mandate to consider how the nuisance factor of the alien plants could be removed. Committee members included media and communication specialists, politicians, technical experts, finance and marketing representatives and legal professionals. The technical subcommittee considered various methods of removing the water plants. It was determined that the preferable method would be mechanical removal as opposed to the administration of herbicides due to the dysfunctional consequences of water quality and pollution that the later would result in. A funding model was accepted and then given to the community. Contractors are awaiting appointment while others have started hyacinth removal in spite of the risk of non-payment due to the lack of sufficient donor funding. During the winter of 2017 some 20 000 tonnes of water plant was removed from the dam. Current calculations have determined that 60 000 tonnes of hyacinth need to be removed per month over a four month period in order for the mandate of the committee to be met. In order to provide legal capacity, Harties Foundation NPC 2017/263790/08 was formed. This being a non-profit company, manages the committee’s fundraising, funding, marketing and and contractual arrangements. Assistance is given by the Acorn Foundation NPC 2011/128055/08 | PBO 930048253 in the collection of donations, administration, to Harties Foundation.