- The WWF has identified that 11 out of 19 water management areas in South Africa have water supply problems.
- According to the WWF 12 to 14 million South Africans do not have access to safe drinking water.
- If we continue using water at the same rate we currently do, we might run out of drinking water before 2040. How scary is that?
- Water is reusable, but not renewable.
- The average rainfall for South Africa is 500mm, while the world average is a much higher 860mm.
- You can survive about a month without food, but you can’t go without water for much longer than five to seven days.
- According to a report done in 2009 Gauteng might face water shortage this year (2013).
- Most of South Africa’s water is used for irrigation.
- South Africa’s agriculture sector accounts for about 60% of the country’s water usage.
- The total annual surface runoff of water in South Africa is an estimated 43 to 48 km³, of which most is lost due to flood spillage. This means that the surface water resources add up to only about 14 km³ per year.
- Available groundwater in South Africa is an estimated 1 km³ per year.
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Posted in Vaal Triangle, tagged RiverBlogger, South Africa, South African, Gauteng, National Water Week, water, awareness, Water Facts, WWF, drinking water, water usage on March 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Family, tagged bunnies, bunny, children, Christ's Resurrection, clients, creative decoration, Creative decorations for Easter, decor, Easter, Easter bunnies, Easter Bunny, Easter decorations, Easter table, Easter table decorations, family, friends, Riviera on Vaal, South Africa on March 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Many people in other countries see Easter as a salute to spring. However, Easter marks the first days of winter for us here in South Africa. Many South African families spend Easter in appreciation for Christ’s resurrection, making Him their Savior, which resembles new life with a whole new meaning than just spring. Spring, being a sign of re-birth, was the origin of Easter bunnies in the Northern Hemisphere and South Africans have also now adopted the Easter Bunny in addition to their religious celebrations of Christ’s resurrection.
Here are a few Easter Decorations to resemble your celebration of new life, whether it is the actual change of season or for more religious reasons:
Combine a wreath, which resembles a thorn crown worn by Jesus during the crucifixion with eggs which not only resembles the well known Easter Bunny’s eggs, but also new life.
Set the Easter table by folding napkins into bunny ears. See how to do that here: Click through for instructions on how to fold your napkins like bunny ears
You could also add the “written egg” below to the Easter table decorations to assist in explaining the reason for Easter to your children.
As white is a symbol of new life, why not lay your Easter table in white?
These are only a few creative decoration ideas to play around with. Lucky for us, bunnies are a very popular décor item for the home at the moment, so you won’t have much trouble adding them to your Easter decorations this year.
Happy Easter to all of Riviera on Vaal’s clients, friends and family. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and be thankful for new life!
RiverBlogger has done some research and found 10 really interesting facts about wine. Did you know that…
- South Africa is the seventh largest wine producer in the world.
- Not all wines improve with age – in fact, 90% of all wines should be consumed within one year.
- Bouquet refers to the total scent of a wine. Aroma is the scent of the grapes.
- When wine makers want to describe the scent of the wine and the grapes together, they refer to it as the nose.
- The vintage that is usually seen on a bottle of wine refers to the year that the grapes used to make the wine were harvested.
- Histamine is found in the skin of grapes and is the culprit in wines which cause headaches. Red wine will cause headaches more easily as the wine has spent more time in contact with the grape skins.
- A wine’s finish refers to the aftertaste of the wine.
- Apparently the Irish believe that fairies are very fond of good wine. In the olden days royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was all gone in the morning. (I bet we have a lot of fairies in South Africa then!)
- Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it might lose some of its fruity flavour.
- Wine is a fat free and cholesterol free drink. Cheers to that!
Posted in Vaal Triangle, tagged African Bird Sanctuary, environment, environmental days, Environmentally friendly, february, International Polar Bear Day, Responsible Travel Week, responsible travelling, Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Riviera Wetlands, South Africa, World Wetlands Day on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
With the environment being one of the permanently discussed topics worldwide, it’s only natural that February and the months thereafter will include environmental days on which we can all take part in becoming more environmentally friendly.
February’s environmental calendar includes the following days:
2 February is World Wetlands Day. See what you can do for the Riviera Wetlands this year. Visit the Riviera Wetlands and African Bird Sanctuary and see why wetlands form such an important part of our environment.
27 February marks International Polar Bear Day. I suppose we in South Africa can make it a “visit the zoo” day as that is the only place we might be able to see a polar bear. Still, as these beautiful animals are endangered, it is good to know that there is an environmental day dedicated to the protection of these bears.
11 to 17 February is the global Responsible Travel Week. The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club will be partaking in this week in numerous ways. What will you be doing for this week to create awareness with regards to responsible travelling?
Posted in Riviera on Vaal Hotel, tagged blogonvaal, comments, Facebook, family, Guest comments, resort, Riviera on Vaal, Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Riviera on Vaal Resort, South Africa, TripAdvisor, Twitter on January 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club considers comments from their guests as very important and it is always good to hear that visitors are enjoying their stay.
Brunos dos Santos calls the Riviera on Vaal Resort the “most gorgeous venue in South Africa.”
Rebecca Matsie enjoys the Resort‘s family friendliness and recently commented on Twitter: “Had a great time of family r&r this week. Thanks to @Rivieraonvaal for their hospitality.”
On Facebook, Nthabi Kortes gave the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club a great New Year‘s present by commenting on their service: “I take this moment to thank you for a wonderful weekend away experience and the moonlight cruise was just perfect; the staff was super great and the foooooooodddd OMG out of this world. I’m so refreshed ready for 2013. This was just the package I needed 2 help close 2012. Thank you soooo much with that said I believe Riviera is gonna be my home away from home!”
Ashnie Naidoo described her experience at the Riviera on Vaal as “absolutely fabulous”.
Yes, the Riviera on Vaal also receives negative feedback, but they see that as constructive comments which they can build on to ensure better service. Feel free to comment on their Facebook page, Twitter, blogonvaal or rate them on TripAdvisor, as your comments motivate the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club to become the best home away from home.