The uMsunduzi and Umgeni River systems have become badly degraded through neglect and over exploitation. With increasing demands on resources, poor governance and external threats such as global climate change these river systems will be increasingly unable to support the range of aquatic, riverine and human life which is dependent on a healthy river system.
DUCT’s vision is an ecologically healthy and biologically diverse uMngeni-uMsunduzi river system that provides sustained ecological goods and services for the communities that depend on them for their survival. We envisage that our communities will show respect for the rivers and will take ownership and responsibility for the condition of the rivers, seeking to preserve their natural function and beauty.
We envisage rivers where water quality and quantity are maintained at acceptable norms with healthy natural riparian zones and where the biological diversity is preserved. We have a vision of a community where all residents possess a basic understanding and appreciation of their river ecosystems. We see government, business, the scientific community and civil society cooperating in providing the resources to effectively manage the river systems.
We recognise that the problems with the health of the rivers are large and have not developed overnight. Our vision is ambitious and will only be achieved through progressive, combined and sustained actions by government and civil society.
Our role is to:
raise awareness of problems with river health
develop, demonstrate and encourage the adoption of solutions to these problems
support and learn from people and communities who wish to make a difference or are already making a difference to the health of their rivers
actively engage in river health projects, education and capacity building.
We work in partnership with other organisations, whether from civil society or government, who share our vision.
To champion the environmental health of the uMngeni and uMsunduzi Rivers
The Msunduzi Duct pollution monitoring, maintenance and community education project had four key purposes
To clear sewer lines and eradicate alien invasive plants
To monitor the sewer lines and report spillages
To reveal long abandoned or neglected manholes that have not been seen for long periods of time
And to educate communities and schools about waste water and sanitation.
Data gathered by the project team and reflected throughout the print report and most notably in the ‘Stories of change” section suggest that not only have the outcomes been met but in many cases these have been exceeded.
Education and infrastructure development together have been integral to the success of the project.
We can base the success of the project on calm, thoughtful and clear leadership. The ability to work with a diversity of role players, personal and community capacity development. Accessing, generating and using information, ownership and recognition