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LottoStar Donates R2 Million to Save the Vaal

LottoStar Donates R2 Million to Save the VaalLottoStar Donates R2 Million to Save the Vaal
Written By
Lerato M
Published on
08 May 2024

LottoStar is committed to making a positive impact by supporting initiatives like Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE), a non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the Vaal River and its surroundings from pollution.

Founded in the 1990s, SAVE focuses on raising awareness about pollution issues and identifying polluters within various government structures.

The Vaal River, South Africa's third-largest river, is currently facing an environmental crisis due to contamination by water lettuce, an invasive aquatic plant. This contamination renders the water unsafe for human consumption and poses a significant threat to the ecosystem. If left unchecked, the infestation could spread during floods, causing severe and lasting damage to the river's delicate balance.

To address this urgent situation, LottoStar has contributed R2 Million to prevent further infestation, averting a potential water crisis in Gauteng, which could affect over 20 million residents.

The rapid spread of water lettuce and water hyacinth in the Vaal River over the past three years highlights the urgency of the situation. In comparison, it took 50 years for Hartebeespoort Dam to experience similar issues, highlighting the scale and speed of the current crisis.

Currently, a team of 20 technicians is working tirelessly, utilizing excavators to remove the invasive plant from the river.

If you're interested in supporting or getting involved in these efforts, please contact save@save.org.za.

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