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Abstract

The slow death of Lake Sibaya.

Abstract

This article talks about the water level status of Lake Sibaya in Kwatzulu-Natal. The article presents several studies detailing the factors that led up to the decreasing water level of the lake, factors such as drought, human water demand, the thirsty roots of exotic timber plantations including gum and pine, low average of rainfall, dependency on rain as recharge, land use, water abstraction, climate change, and sea-level change. The article also highlights the ties of water crisis to poverty and how it stops economic opportunities to alleviate poverty, as well as the initiatives to combat both the water crisis and poverty through a Water Research Commission project to assess the hydrodynamics of Sodwana bay system which includes Lake Sibaya.