South African rowing in peril as Roodeplaat dam gets choked by plant colonies

Moses Sibanda sits in the shade of a large tree on the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam in Tshwane, waiting for the fish to bite. 

He’s been here for hours, but there’s no sign of supper tonight. “It looks like I’ll go home with nothing for my family to eat today,” says the fisher from Mamelodi, looking worried. Usually, he can catch up to six fish a day.

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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