The Triwaters team, Canadian Troy Glover, South African Franz Fuls, and Australian Brett Merchant, and Mpumalanga Agriculture are pleased to announce their collaboration in the Triwaters source-to-sea educational kayak expedition on the Vaal and Orange rivers in South Africa. The expedition takes to the water on 16 January 2015!
As part of the collaboration agreement Mpumalanga Agri requests that all members give the Triwaters Team the necessary support as far as it is possible and try to find time to attend one of the river talks near their respective farms, says Robert Davel, assistant manager of Mpumalanga Agriculture.
“We also encourage our members to supply the team with overnight facilities and maybe something warm to eat. In addition farmers can use their communication systems to inform neighbours on the position of the team. We know the team will enjoy the hospitality of our farmers.
“The MiniSASS concept that the Triwaters Team are going to demonstrate to the public during their riverside talks is the perfect tool to help communities measure the health of their rivers. We are excited about the effect this tool will have in future to help our members to produce sustainably.
“If our members use this technique on a regular basis they will be informed about the water quality of the water they use to produce food. Informed people can put much more pressure on government to take up their responsibility to protect our natural resources like the rivers,” says Davel.
Mpumalanga Agri wishes the team all of the best and a successful journey, says Davel.
Mpumalanga Agriculture is a federation of agricultural organizations that includes thirty eight farmers’ associations and five commodity organizations. To these entities Mpumalanga Agriculture is the home and unifying force for co-operation. It is part of the Agri SA group, recognized by government, organized business and regional bodies as a spokesperson for commercial agriculture in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province.
The organization promotes on behalf of its members, the development, profitability, stability and sustainability of commercial agriculture in Mpumalanga and South Africa by means of its involvement and input on national and provincial policy levels, and has an extensive community communication network with our members, organizations and individuals.
The line from the source of the Vaal River to the ocean via the Orange River is the largest continuous water body within the borders of South Africa, covering a distance of more than 2 500 kilometers. In January 2015 three adventurers, Troy Glover (Canada), Brett Merchant (Australia) and Franz Fuls (South Africa), will follow this line from the source of the Vaal River close to Breyten in Mpumalanga to the mouth of the Orange River at Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape. The team will be engaging with local communities on river conservation, with a focus on education and biodiversity.
Data on river health will be collected and publicized as part of the Triwaters conservation effort. This information will empower farmers and agriculture organizations to make informed strategic decisions on sustainability and river health.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Troy Glover hails from Wemindji, Canada – Ice Road Truckers country. His spring hobby is to monitor pack-ice forecasts and when conditions are right he launches his ocean kayak into James Bay, dodging ice bergs on multiday expeditions. Troy is a teacher with a B.Sc. in a water related discipline and he is passionate about experiential education, especially with First Nations students. His education and science background with his passion for conservation will be invaluable on this trip.
Franz Fuls is the expedition leader. Based in Ermelo, close to the Source of the Vaal he has witnessed the slow deterioration of the environment along the headwaters of the Vaal River. Franz is an industrial engineer, freelance investigative journalist and adventure sport fanatic (rock climbing and white water kayaking).
Brett Merchant, a prospector from Adelaide, Australia with adventure in his blood. Brett did a source to sea expedition of the Murray River in Australia in 2013, mostly solo. His experience on this journey of similar length will be very valuable, and Brett will lighten up the trip with his home grown Australian humour and will maintain the balance between conservation and industrial growth needs with his career background.
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