For Immediate Release – November 12, 2014
The Triwaters team is proud to announce that George Switchboards has now come aboard as a sponsor in this exciting project.
George Switchboards has a reputation as one of South Africa’s most reliable manufacturers of industrial electrical panels, electrical switchboards and similar products, within an ISO9001 certified facility.
As a major manufacturer serving clients throughout South Africa, George Switchboards places high priority on ensuring the long term sustainability of South Africa, and believes that promoting river health is key to achieving this goal.
“Manufacturers can and must make better conservation choices regarding our limited water supply or we will continue to spoil the very resources we so desperately need,” says Johan Steyl, CEO of George Switchboards.
“Water is the backbone of our daily bread and the human race takes it for granted without owning up to the responsibility to nurture and preserve it. Industries use water to produce the products we need and want. As more industries begin to look for ways to sustain and reduce their water usage, new science and methods are needed to drive policy changes that will be most beneficial for water conservation.
“Therefore George Switchboards fully supports our Triwaters team and their combined efforts to make people aware of the Vaal River eco-system and its importance to the country’s economic hub, highlighting the fact that we as mankind are not above nature, but must co-exist with nature.”
South Africa: Pick n Pay, George Switchboards, Fluid Kayaks, Canoe Concepts, Powertraveller (South Africa)
Australia: Adelaide Canoe Works
Canada: Baffin Footwear & Apparel, InReach (Canada)
About TriWaters Tour
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 with 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 Mpumulanga 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.
About the Team
Brett Merchant is 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.
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).
Troy Glover began kayaking in 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 icebergs on multi-day expeditions. Troy is a teacher with a BA in aquatic biology and a BEd. He is passionate about outdoor and experiential education. His unique background in science and education, mixed with his drive towards conservation will be invaluable on this trip.
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a South African environmental organisation with a mission to implement high impact environmental and conservation projects which promote public participation in caring for the Earth.
With a remarkable history of almost 90 years, WESSA has a strong track record of delivering human capacity development projects by working in strategic partnerships, thus enabling people to make more sustainable lifestyle and environmental management choices. Critical focus areas include life-supporting eco-systems such as water, energy, and biodiversity.
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