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Vaal River Under Siege: Rand Water Deploys “Chemical Weapons” Against Water Lettuce

Photo showing aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate on the water lettuce in the Vaal River.

The battle against the invasive water lettuce choking South Africa’s Vaal River has taken a disturbing turn. In a desperate bid to regain control, Rand Water has controversially begun spraying the plant infestation with glyphosate, a potent herbicide notorious for its potential health and environmental risks. This dramatic escalation from Rand Water’s initial “integrated approach” […]

Vaal River Ecological Crisis Escalates: Urgent Action Needed to Save Vital Water Source

Vaal River as seen on 10 February 2024.

SOUTH AFRICA – The hyacinth issue on the Vaal River has reached alarming levels, exacerbated by the invasion of water lettuce, raising concerns over the collapse of wastewater treatment infrastructure. A recent Twitter outcry by concerned citizens sheds light on the severity of the problem, prompting urgent calls for government intervention. Users shared images of […]

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