The National Water Week is an awareness campaign by the Department of Affairs. It serves as a powerful campaign mechanism re-iterating the value of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource and the role water plays in eradicating poverty and under-development in South Africa.
The awareness week campaign will take place from 17-23 March under the theme “Water is Life – 20 Years of Water Delivery for Social and Economic Development”.
The theme coincides with South Africa’s celebrations of 20 years of freedom and democracy. This momentous occasion presents an opportunity for South Africans to reflect on how freedom and democracy was achieved; the progress made in the past 20 years and how South Africans will work together to implement Vision 2030.
In celebration of Water Week 2016 Green Beings is hosting River Rehab at the Klein Jukskei Spruit on Saturday the 12th of March from 8:00 – 13:00.
River Rehab is a family friendly initiative whereby community members, businesses, forums, organisations and passionate individuals join together to remove rubbish from the river banks, introduce indigenous flora, take out alien invasive species and promote a clean healthy environment for everyone to enjoy.
As we all know, the water crisis in South Africa has become a concerning issue, little rainfall across the country has had detrimental effects on food security. Water is necessary for food and without water there is no life. As South Africans we are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through these initiatives that the needed awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.
There are many different ways to conserve water in our daily lives such as, watering your garden early mornings or later afternoons, taking a shower rather than a bath and using a cup whilst brushing your teeth, these are all small actions individuals can make to collectively make a difference and lessen the demand for water. It is through on-going education that people will start to realise the importance of the state of our environment and how we can mitigate this through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.
If you would like to contribute, or be part of River Rehab on the 12th of March please contact Green Beings for further information.