Dargle Rivers

Dargle water is delicious and precious. Help us to restore our rivers. SMS 'DONATE DARGLE' to 40580. SMS costs R20 per sms on all SA Networks - free minutes do not apply.

Water is everywhere; in coffee, pizza and strawberries. In fact, a human body is about 70% water. Six million people live downstream of the water catchment in Dargle, relying on correct management of this natural resource to provide their daily water.

You can help protect our water sources by making a donation to restore the rivers flowing through the Dargle Conservancy. We have a programme to clear the riparian zone of the Dargle and uMngeni rivers, and while this is a long term project, at least the water is visible now as it tumbles over the rocks.

Just R100 clears a metre of the river and keeps it clear of invasive plants. How many metres would you like to protect?  How many glasses of fresh, cold water will you drink this week?

SMS 'DONATE DARGLE' to 40580. SMS costs R20 per sms on all SA Networks - free minutes do not apply.

Alternatively, you can make a quick and easy donation on our GivenGain page by clicking here.

Finally, if you prefer, donations can also be made to the Dargle Conservancy either by direct cash deposit or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the following account:

Account Name : Dargle Conservancy
Bank : First National Bank (FNB)
Account No. : 62211879236
Branch : Howick
Branch Code : 22 07 25

Dargle River

The Dargle River rises on a grassland ridge and plunges over a cliff into the mist-belt forest.  When it emerges, the river meanders east through farmland for about 20 kilometres before joining the mighty uMngeni River. 

Although some of its journey is through beautiful original grassland, much of the riparian zone is degraded – most often with invasive plants like wattle, bramble and bamboo, which transform the natural landscape and overrun the original riparian zone biodiversity.  For grassland streams, like the Dargle, the plants shade the water, change the temperature and the aquatic biodiversity, and dense stands prevent animals accessing the water. When this ecosystem is weakened water quality is affected. As the Dargle is a tributary of the uMngeni River, which provides over 5 million people with water, this is cause for concern.

You can read more about the Dargle River on the following blogposts:

https://darglelocalliving.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/our-dargle-river/
https://darglelocalliving.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/the-dargle-river-is-in-there-somewhere/
https://darglelocalliving.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/splashes-stoneflies-in-the-dargle-river/

You can also download/read the DUCT River Walk report which details the state of the Dargle River here.


uMngeni River

The 300km long uMngeni river rises at uMngeni Vlei – a 600ha RAMSAR protected wetland west of Dargle and 1904m above sea level. 

It trickles down through New Forest below the plateau, disappears underground and emerges amongst the Yellowwood trees into clear still pools, lined with mossy banks.  Soon, however, paradise gives way to infestations of wattle and bugweed and bramble, kikuyu pastures, plastic pollution and careless destruction of the river banks. 

All these impact on river health and the quality of water. However,  if a river has a long enough stretch without any negative impacts, with natural vegetation lining the banks, it can restore the quality of the water without help from humans.  eThekwini Municipality spends millions of rand on water treatment each month – it would appear to be more sensible to invest money in protecting the catchments and preventing contamination rather than purifying filthy water when it reaches the cities.   

Keen to help?  Invest in your water supplies by making a donation to restoring this ecosystem. Probably the most important thing you will ever do.