The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, announced the 2013 winners of the Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Sector Awards at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand on 18 October 2013.
The Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) Sector Awards, seeks to create a platform and an enabling environment for all role players and stakeholders from all sectors to start appreciating and understanding the importance of conserving water.
This is the fourth event of its type which recognises excellence in the field of Water Conservation and Demand Management and this year sixty four (64) Nominations were received across four categories, namely:
- Industry, Mining & power
- Domestic or Local Government
Drakenstein Municipality is proud to have been selected as the first runner-up in this very prestigious competition.
Boloka Metsi (Sasol, GIZ and Emfuleni Local Municipality) took the first place in the Local Government Sector: Local Municipalities and with Drakenstein Municipality in second place. Newcastle Municipality took third place in this category.
Drakenstein Municipality has been actively involved in reducing water wastage and was one of the first Municipalities in the Western Cape to introduce pressure management on a large scale.Â Mr Kowalewski has driven its Non-Revenue Water down from 34% to approximately 12% which is one of the lowest levels anywhere in South Africa.
Thanks to Andre Kowalewski and Sifiso Nkonyane and team for the ongoing and sustained commitment in water conservation and management.
- Rear from left: Johan Wessels (Assistant Superintendent), Marchius Douman (Senior Engineering Technician), Johann Mettler (Municipal Manager), Deon du PlessisÂ (Head of Department: Civil Engineering Services), Andre KowalewskiÂ (Engineer: Water Services), Danny le Roux (Technical Assistant), Sifiso Nkonyano (Senior Engineering Technician), Talita Smit (Administrative Assistant), Anthony Endley (Senior Superintendent), Hein Henning (Chief Engineering Technician)
- Front from left: Deon Louw (Executive Manager Infrastructure Services), Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer and Councillor Johan Rademeyer (Portfolio Councilor Infrastructure Services).