Constantinides has committed to being a part of the national conversation in driving behaviour change, one community at a time as we reduce, re-use and respect our precious resource of water. 

#CapeSaveWater

South African Climate and Environmental Activist, Catherine Constantinides, has been an active voice across the nation in a call to drive engaged citizenship in addressing the crisis the nation faces.

“Now more than ever we can and must stand together, share ideas, educate our communities, be innovative and practical as we drive reducing our water consumption”, says Constantinides.

As an amabassador and former Miss Earth South Africa her focus and passion has been in educating the youth and driving community engagement in ensuring civil society addresses the many environmental and social challenges we are faced with due to climate change, behavioural impacts on the spaces and places we occupy. Much of the work being done over the past few years has been under the umbrella of #WasteStopsWithME.

She has called for citizens to take individual responsibility and accountability for the manner in which we live and use the natural resources around us, especially as a water scarce country.

Constantinides has committed to being a part of the national conversation in driving behaviour change, one community at a time as we reduce, re-use and respect our precious resource of water.

The Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme has committed to  working closely with the Department of Water and Sanitation, alongside all critical stakeholders to manage an educational drive and schools programme across the Western Cape, that brings together influencers and community leaders. Ambassadors will work tirelessly over the coming months to reach learners, educators and communities as we move towards a future that ensures all South African’s #SaveWater as a way of life.

Together, we can reduce water consumption in Cape Town

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

Together, we can reduce water consumption in Cape Town

30 January 2018

On 12 January 2018, the Department of Water and Sanitation issued additional water restrictions in order to reduce water consumption by all categories of water users in the Breede-Gouritz and Berg-Olifants Water Management Areas, thereby restricting water users largely in the City of Cape. This came at the backdrop of the consistent dwindling of water leves in the City of Cape Town and surrounding areas, coupled with the high use of water.

The Department is working with a number of community based organisations, NGO’s and other stakeholders, including the City of Cape Town, in an effort to improve the distribution of information to various sectors of society. It notes and greatly appreciates the patriotism shown by most South Africans in support of Cape Town.

Climate change is our reality and the Department discourages Team South Africa from stockpiling water, in a bid to transport this, to the Western Cape. Public education programmes are underway, providing practical tips to domestic users on how to re-use water safely and thereby reducing consumption.

Social activist and Operation SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, a community stakeholder to the Department, notes that the focus of our joint efforts should be on saving water, wherever we find ourselves. “Let’s not go on a water collection frenzy and cause panic. We need to work together to ensure that we use less water. Collecting and transporting water from Gauteng and other areas is not a viable option, given contamination concerns as well as the strict guidelines and standards of the SA National Bottled Water Association”, said Abramjee. “No funds will be collected for now and we will re-assess the situation over the next few weeks.”

“Operation SA is working with the Department on finding sustainable solutions and if the need arise, South Africans will be called to show their support in the spirit of Ubuntu”, comments Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba, a co-founder of Operation Hydrate.

The Department reiterates that at this stage, Cape Town and the Western Cape needs the mass participation of the people, in reducing consumption by all water users.

Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation and Operation SA

For more information contact: Sputnik Ratau for the Department of Water and Sanitation on 082 874 2942/ 012 336 6813; Yusuf Abramjee for Operation SA on 082 441 4203