The Gaia Foundation

Save the Nzhelele River (South Africa)

We want to help Vhavenda communities along the Nzhelele River in Limpopo, northern South Africa, to protect and revive their river, for drinking water, food crops, and the sacred forest of Venda. A lively campaign, led by the local women and schoolchildren, will breathe life into the Nzhelele River.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2013 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (327412)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • This water supplies many villages. If they take this water we will suffer. We use this water for food gardens,to wash,to cook,to drink,for everything.

    — Mphatheleni Makaulule (A Venda community leader)

  • This water supplies many villages. If they take this water we will suffer. We use this water for food gardens,to wash,to cook,to drink,for everything.

    — Mphatheleni Makaulule (A Venda community leader)

Situation

The Nzhelele River is dying because of climate change, pollution, overuse and misuse by commercial plantations and local farmers planting and grazing their animals too close to the riverbanks. And now coal mining threatens to drain this water stressed region and leave the people with nothing. The local communities need to wake up quickly to the threats they face and develop their own solutions, or the Nzhelele River will be no more.

Solution

Local Vhavenda women will head a campaign, hold community meetings, talk with the farmers, and teach the schoolchildren about the value of the river so they realise what they are at risk of losing. They will be supported by a local organisation, The Mupo Foundation, to plant trees and revert to ecological farming methods. The campaign will also be aimed at stopping the coal mining from draining the Nzhelele river basin