International Day of River Action

The KZN Midlands is criss-crossed with rivers and streams which make up the very important uMngeni and Msunduzi catchments – a National Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Area.  These ecosystems are the life-support systems that underpin the economy of the province.

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On March 14th, hundreds of communities around the world will hold events to celebrate their rivers, oppose destructive river development projects, and educate others about the importance of healthy, vibrant rivers.  See what the rest of the world is doing, and add your own contribution.

Int day of rivers 2014 logoThe film, A River Runs Through Us is personal and hopeful introduction to one of the biggest threats facing our world’s lifelines, as told by the people at the forefront of the global movement. Filmed at Rivers for Life 3 – a 2010 gathering of 350 river activists from 50 countries, which International Rivers helped organize in rural Mexico – this documentary touches on issues such as how climate change will affect rivers and dams; what happens to communities displaced by or living downstream of large dams; and what kinds of solutions exist that both preserve our life-giving waterways while meeting our needs for energy and water.  Watch it here:

Or watch it and join the celebration of Water at the SEEDS | izimBhewu film festival which celebrates Human Rights Day and World Water Day with a long weekend featuring thought-provoking films. Rudo Sanyanga, Africa Program Director from International Rivers, will deliver the key note address on Saturday, 22 March 2014 . She is working to protect people from the destructive impacts
of large dams and helping communities affected by dams to seek reparations.

Venue:            Howick Hotel Conference Centre, Main Street, Howick

Dates:              21st 22nd 23rd March 2014  Saturday: Water of Life – World Water Day

Times:              10:30am to 20:00pm (Sunday – 10:30am to 18:30pm)

Sessions:         Three 2-hour sessions each day

Film Festival programme is available  on

Cost:   R20 per session / R60 per day / R120 weekend pass.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.  You can also buy a ‘Tree Ticket’ for R45 where we will plant a tree as part of the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) river rehabilitation work.


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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