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Hyacinth Update

Great and long awaited news for sailors and members on the hyacinth removal project

Coca Cola Bevarages SA (CCBSA) is investing R25m in the Hya Matla Organics Company that turns water hyacinth into commercial products such as fertilizer and animal feed and the good news is that clean-up of the invasive weed has already started.   The project will be driven through the Mintirho  Foundation,  CCBSA’s vehicle for supporting the development of historically disadvantaged emerging farmers and small suppliers  of inputs into the company’s value chain.

“By harvesting the plant and turning it into organic fertilizer, we complete the cycle of tuning the pollutants into nutrients which then feed plants or animals.  Thus integrating the cycle back into economic ecosystems which benefit the economy at large,” said John Kondowe, Executive Director of Hya Matla Organics.

Rudy Joles, CEO of the Harties Foundation NPC, that has been fighting the hyacinth invasion and pollution on the Hartebeespoort Dam for the past two years, said the foundation welcomes Hya Matla’s assistance in removing the weed.

“We congratulate Hya Matla on their funding and future endeavours and have already engaged with them to join our long term holistic approach, supported by the estates around the dam and donors at large,” Joles said.  As a town we stopped an ecological disaster when action was taken in 2017 leading to the current result of less than 15% of Hyacinth coverage on the dam.  Harties foundation has a 5 year plan which does not only consist of hyacinth removal , it also involves overseeing quality of water, installing and maintaining litter – traps and floating wetlands as well as promoting ecological control. This will make a tangible and sustainable difference in the long term while also creating jobs and opportunities for the local community”

Article supplied courtesy of the Kormorant  (Article summarised – Wayne Miller)