March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices to celebrate the world’s rivers and those who struggle to protect them.
To celebrate, we asked Friends of the River Walk to send in a photo of the river beside them, or pictures of their favourite river. Enjoy these photographs of some of the special rivers around us.
Alex March took this one recently of the Mooi River soon to be inundated by the Spring Grove Dam.
Penny Rees reminds us that the banks of the Mooi will soon dissappear – bulldozer clearing ahead of the dams inundation
soon this cottage and the view will be underwater.
Wetlands, river and homes on Mooi – all soon to lie under the waters of Springrove dam
Brian Bode remembers the flood on the Little Mooi in 2007.
Brandon Powell at Ardmore Ceramics took this, this morning on the Lion’s River.
Gilly Robates took this as the sun set on the beautiful uMngeni today.
Ant Stratford took these of the uMngeni as it enters Albert Falls dam.
Nkanyiso Ndlela took this on at Zenzane village in Balgowan of children exploring the river last year.
Judy Bell remembered some of the beautiful rivers she crossed on a recent walk on the Wildcoast.
The Mlambo Mkulu (big river)
Charlene Russell took this of the stream above Grey Mare’s Tail Falls in Karkloof.
This is the Yarrow River in Karkloof
PennyRees took this of the upper reaches of the Elands River in the KZN Midlands. Its source is close to the source of the uMngeni River, and somewhere along the line, this river changes its name – and becomes the Lions River!
The Mpofana River at the point where the water from the Mooi River transfer scheme enters the Mpofana near Balgowan – also by Penny
The confluence of the Mpofana and Lions Rivers near Caversham Mill
Nikki Brighton submitted a few of her favourite river pictures. The Bushman’s River at Giant’s Castle
The Vaal in Parys
The Mkomazana at Sani Pass
and a lazy Zululand river through Mfolozi
The stream which runs through Mpophomeni
Nkululeko Mdladla took this of the Pholela River which he swam in earlier this year.
Penny remembers the Yellowwood and mountain stream in Hlatikulu – an unnamed tributary of the Bushmans River.
and in contrast, Maritzburg’s Darvil sewage treatment plant release back into the Duzi…
The Duzi just downstream of Maritzburg – looks a wee bit better here
Paul Van Uytrecht took this one of his dog, Sushi, exploring the uMngeni in Howick.
The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration. It is a day to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers, and learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite – by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope.