South Africa is a chronically water stressed developing country with huge economic development pressures and social upliftment challenges.
Water availability is one of the most decisive factors that will effect the economic,social and environmental wellbeing of South Africa over the next decade and its supply is already precariously limited.
Water supply issues cannot be solved by simply building more dams or creating more infrastruture, but relies heavily on rehabilitating, maintaining and conserving the natural areas which form the critical catchments and "water factories" for the country.
Apart from economic growth, the immense pressure on our freshwater ecosystems is also a result of the impact of invasive species. Our limited water supplies are being sucked dry by infestations of invasive trees introduced from other continents.
By monitoring and reducing our water consumption through improved processing and then to offset the residual deficit by facilitating the clearing of invasive alien vegetation, thus rehabilitating the critical Enkangala catchment area and thereby releasing equivalent volumes of water back into natural aquatic ecosystems.
The Water Balance Programme in addition to creating much needed employment will also benefit communities living within or alongside such rehabilitated areas who are dependent upon the health of their environment.
Sonae Novobord are committed to initially offsetting our direct annual water use. This would result in a minimum of 354 875 kl being offset over a six year period.