#SaveWater Ambassadors visited the TheeWaterskloof Dam outside Franschhoek today to see the extent of the drought for themselves. 

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Thursday 22 February 2018 
#SaveWater Ambassadors visited the TheeWaterskloof Dam outside Franschhoek today to see the extent of the drought for themselves. 
The Department of Water and Sanitation showed the activists the various interventions which are being undertaken.
Theewaterkloof Dam is one of six dams that supply water to the Cape Town area. The dam level is under 11%.
“What we have seen today was devastating. It brought home the severity of the drought. Now, more than ever before, we have to escalate our #SaveWater #EveryDropCounts initiatives.”
“We compliment the Department of Water and Sanitation for taking urgent measures in an attempt to provide underground water and through the construction of a ‘coffer dam’,” said Chief #SaveWater Ambassador, Yusuf Abramjee.

International Climate Activist and Co-Chief #SaveWater Ambassador Catherine Constantinides: “It was a truly painful experience to see the raw earth where once a thriving body of water lay. We hope through the interventions we will see some positive results.”

“The last week spent in schools in Cape Town is an inspiring reminder that we must continue to drive behavior change and awareness as well as a shift in mindset with our relationship with water.”
Constantinides said: “The Miss Earth South Africa Ambassadors
 have engaged in classroom activities addressing scholars and communities. The robust interaction has truly been important and ambassadors will continue to roll out across the country.”
Irini Moutzouris, Miss Earth South Africa  said: “It was saddening to see the state of the TheeWaterskloof Dam and the impact that the drought is having on the Mother City.
“As Miss Earth South Africa, I am proud to be part of the #SaveWater drive with the Department of Water and Sanitation and Operation SA, visiting schools to remind children how important it is to Save Water.”
#SaveWater Ambassador, Hanief Loonat, who also visited the Dam said he was “shocked” to see how dry it was.
“We have to all drive the #SaveWater message,” he said.
There are over 100 activists, community leaders, Radio, TV and Sport personalities who are Ambassadors.
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Enquiries:
*Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203
*Catherine Constantindes 083 747 7677
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