Thursday 15 February 2018
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
#SaveWater ANNOUNCES MASSIVE NATIONAL DRIVE
A massive initiative to #SaveWater has been launch in Cape Town.
The Department of Water and Sanitation, Operation SA and Miss Earth South Africa announced the partnership at the launch of the #SaveWater Ambassador programme and a city-wide school road show.
With 109 days to go to “Day Zero” the initiative will mobilise civil society, business, government and the agricultural sectors.
The Springboks, Proteas and AJAX Cape Town FC are some of the sporting codes that have thrown their wait behind #SaveWater
The Springboks said: “As a sports federation in the country, SA Rugby wants to applaud the great efforts such as the #SaveWater Ambassadors campaign, to help raise public awareness of the drought crisis facing us in many parts of South Africa.
“We are delighted to show our support, and are indeed proud of all the various citizen initiatives, to help save this precious and scarce resource.”
Eben Etzebeth, Captain of the Springboks, pledged his support.
#SaveWater ambassadors include high profile TV and Radio personalities, musicians, community, business and religious leaders and activists.
The Soweto Gospel Choir, Shout South Africa, Cape Town / South Africa Water Crisis, Community Police Forums, #MakeSASafe, Wesgro, The Cape Argus and corporates and Tsogo Sun are some of the organisations and companies that have pledged their support.
Speaking at the launch, #SaveWater Ambassadors promised to drive the #EveryDropCounts message.
#SaveWater Ambassador and international climate activist Catherine Constantinides said: “It is critical that South Africans stood united to address the water crisis.
“As we move closer towards solutions, we must not forget that it is daily behaviour and a change in mind set that will also make a difference. This needs to become the norm.
“We are proud to be driving an extensive educational campaign launching next week in Mitchells Plain. Our mission is an initial 100 schools in 10 days with a vision of inspiring #Water Heroes.
On Monday at 8am, the programme will kick-off at the Hazeldene Primary School.
#SaveWater, Chief Ambassador said the drive required the support of all citizens.
“We have over 110 ambassadors so far and more are joining in. We appeal to South Africans to join us and support the movement because water is life.
“Let’s forget the politics and do our bit. We can avoid #DayZero if we save right now. There is no need to stockpile or panic,” Abramjee said.
He added that some were cashing in on water selling 5 liters for R20.
“The Competitions Commission must keep a close eye,” he added.
Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba announced that in partnership with AWQAF SA, “we are in the final stages of planning to drill 30 boreholes. We are looking at schools, clinics, hospitals and community centres.”
The #SaveWater initiative will not be only constrained to the City of Cape Town, but will make its presence felt throughout the country.
#SaveWater Ambassadors said that it was about time that citizens found ways to address the #WaterCrisis.
John Van Rooyen, Western Cape Operations Manager for the Tsogo Sun Group said “we are proud to be associated with #SaveWater. It talks to our business objective and long term view to reduce water consumption.”
He said Cape Town was open for business and appealed to tourists to continue visiting the Mother City.
Yusuf Abramjee – 0824414203
Yaseen Theba – 0644000000
Catherine Constantinides – 0837477677