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Battle to save Lake St Lucia

Author: Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness

With only 30% of Lake St Lucia covered in water, plans to naturalize the area are under way.

On Tuesday, iSimangaliso Wetland Park director Andrew Zaloumis signed a R10 million contract that would see the lake returned to its natural state before the dredging of the 1950s began.

 

In 1952, the uMfolozi River, which provides up to 60% of Lake St Lucia’s water, was partially separated from the thriving estuary. However, the effect on the estuary and its wildlife of keeping the uMfolozi’s natural path from running into upper Lake St Lucia has become a major concern.

 

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