Remembering Rivers

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.

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Penny Rees reminds us that the banks of the Mooi will soon dissappear –  bulldozer clearing ahead of the dams inundation

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soon this cottage and the view will be underwater.

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Wetlands, river and homes on Mooi – all soon to lie under the waters of Springrove dam

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Brian Bode remembers the flood on the Little Mooi in 2007.

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Brandon Powell at Ardmore Ceramics took this, this morning on the Lion’s River.

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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.

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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.

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The Mfihlelo:

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The Mlambo Mkulu (big river)

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Charlene Russell took this of the stream above Grey Mare’s Tail Falls in Karkloof.

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This is the Yarrow River in Karkloof

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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!

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The Mpofana River at the point where the water from the Mooi River transfer scheme enters the Mpofana near Balgowan – also by Penny

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The confluence of the Mpofana and Lions Rivers near Caversham Mill

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Nikki Brighton submitted a few of her favourite river pictures.  The Bushman’s River at Giant’s Castle

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The Vaal in Parys

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The Mkomazana at Sani Pass

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and a lazy Zululand river through Mfolozi

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The stream which runs through Mpophomeni

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Nkululeko Mdladla took this of the Pholela River which he swam in earlier this year.

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Penny  remembers the Yellowwood and mountain stream in Hlatikulu – an unnamed tributary of the Bushmans River.

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and in contrast, Maritzburg’s Darvil sewage treatment plant release back into the Duzi…

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The Duzi just downstream of Maritzburg – looks a wee bit better here

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Paul Van Uytrecht took this one of his dog, Sushi, exploring the uMngeni in Howick.

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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.


About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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One Response to Remembering Rivers

  1. Liz Gow says:

    This is such a pertinent blog with beautiful photos – apart from a couple of distressing shots – and, once again, reminds us of the relevance of Penny Rees and team’s River Walk last May 2012, and of the work that DUCT performs on our 2 KwaZulu Natal rivers: the uMgeni and the Duzi. Well done, thank you

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