A clean environment is the siren song. It sounds good; it is after all what we all want, and we have been seduced. Deeply embedded in the environmentalist soul is a burning hatred for progress, technology, free choice and, most of all, human happiness. The environmentalists wish to stifle and control all economic activity and their 'concern' for the environment is merely the vehicle to that end.
One of the basic needs identified as having a high priority in the RDP is the supply of potable water. The North-Western Witzands Wellfield and Recharge Basin project at Atlantis is an example of a water supply project that displays ingenuity, technical excellence and environmentally appropriate solutions. Atlantis is totally dependent on groundwater resources for its water supply. Groundwater was initially regarded as an interim supply source, allowing for the postponement of construction of the costly Berg River Scheme, which was to supply surface water to Atlantis. The successful implementation of the Atlantis Water Resource Management Scheme (AWRMS) means, however, that groundwater now serves as a permanent town water supply.
Swaziland is a land-locked country bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. Despite its small size Swaziland supports a wide variety of flora and fauna (2 000 plant species and 500 bird species as well as other game in nature reserves) in four distinct physiographic regions, ranging from the mountainous highveld to the west, to the lowveld, which is the hottest and driest region of the country, to the east. The climate is subtropical, being dry and cool in the winter and hot and wet in summer. Variations occur within the country according to the relief.