Keeping the Vaal River clean

Keeping a river like the Vaal River clean could be quite the challenge.

With the Vaal River being the largest tributary to the Orange River and the second longest river (1210 kilometers) in South Africa, it is challenging to get buy-in from the whole country to acknowledge their environmental responsibility. The Vaal River is a key water source for the country, supplying water to South Africa’s industrial heartland, including Johannesburg and Pretoria. It forms an integral part of the Vaal’s wonderland for bird life and fish. If we don’t keep it clean, we endanger our natural ecosystems.

Keeping the Vaal River clean

Keeping the Vaal River clean

In March 2012, the Department of Water Affairs’ spokesperson, Mandla Mathebula, confirmed that reports indicated that the Vaal River will be unfit for human consumption in 2014.

Pollution in the Vaal River is caused by a variety of sources, including waste water works, acid drainage from mines, locals emptying their trash into the river as if it is a dump yard and the lack of sanitation supplies.

Nelson Mandela once said: “We attach a great deal of importance to the question of the environment because until we do things which show how much we value the environment, we are not going to be able to have a healthy society in the world.”

How can we assist in preserving the Vaal River’s cleanliness to create a healthier local society in the Vaal Triangle?

  • Government should take better care of the rural and under-developed populations.
  • Rural populations should be educated on sanitation and clean water supplies.
  • Local companies should join forces with organisations that have the same passion about environmental responsibility. (SAVE is a non-profit organisation which focuses on protecting and maintaining the environmental integrity of the Vaal River).
  • Day visitors and tourists who visit the Vaal for water sport adventures should act in an environmentally responsible manner when it comes to plastic bottles, tin cans, etcetera.
  • Mines and municipal waste water treatment works should maintain their waste systems on a regular basis.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club, as well as its sister company, Maccauvlei on Vaal, takes their responsibility to the environment very seriously and encourage you to join them in protecting the Vaal River from pollution.

Riviera’s Earth Day tips for kids

Earth Day is described as the day on which we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. Riviera on Vaal, being a family resort, would like to see kids grow up in an environment where every day is Earth Day.

Earth Day tips for Kids

Earth Day tips for Kids

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, situated on the banks of the Vaal River, considers environmental responsibility as one of their top priorities. The Hotel boasts various kinds of kids’ entertainment options which gives them the ideal opportunity to teach kids how to make every day Earth Day by means of appreciating and protecting their environment.

Here are a few Earth Day tips for kids from the Riviera on Vaal that you can use to create awareness for Earth Day amongst children of all ages:

  • Many websites provide colouring pages and posters for Earth Day. Create awareness by handing earth themed colouring pages to kids to colour in.
  • Create Earth Day puzzles, word search games and mazes themed accordingly.
  • Have kids draw or paint pictures with weather themes.
  • Teach kids about the water cycle and what they can do to save water in fun ways.

Earth Day has been celebrated around the world since 1970. With kids having the most important stake in keeping the planet healthy it is necessary to create awareness from a very young age. As the saying goes: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Let’s teach our kids to protect the environment for their kids and their kidskids thereafter.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club keeps children busy at Murphy’s Clubhouse, offering loads of fun, educational and stimulating activities. For bookings at this family resort on Vaal contact reservations on 016 420 1300 or

For more tips and quotes on environmental responsibility, visit the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club’s Pinterest board: Riviera Going Green.


About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers


Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125