Friday 2 March 2018
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THOUSANDS OF YOUNG #WaterHeroes RECRUITED AS #SaveWater drives gains momentum
Tens of thousands of Cape Town learners have been recruited as #WaterHeroes.
The initiative by the Department of Water and Sanitation, Miss Earth SA and Operation SA and partners saw activists visiting 100 schools over the past two weeks.
#SaveWater Ambassadors from Miss Earth went into classrooms to present an educational programme and also addressed assemblies in and around Cape Town.
Areas visited included Belhar, Mitchells Plain, BoKaap, Hout Bay, Langa, Claremont, Athole, Gugulethu, Philippi, Crossroads, Retreat, Lavender Hills, Hanover Park, Durbanville, Atlantis, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Langebaan.
International Climate Activist and #SaveWater Ambassador, Catherine Constantindes said: “We engaged almost 100 000 children who have pledged to become our very own #WaterHeroes
“We have been insprired by the level of engagement and commitment. We witnessed innovation and creative ideas at some schools who have already started to address the water crisis.”
Constantindes added she was proud of the ambassadors who have shown great leadership and involvement at a community level. “At every school we were warmly received and have been inundated with requests to visit other schools throughout the country.”
Chief #SaveWater Ambassador, Yusuf Abramjee, said: “We are already seeing a ripple effect…children have taken the #SaveWater #EveryDropCounts messages into their homes and communities.”
He said “we must continue to drive the #SaveWater #EveryDropCounts message to every corner of South Africa.”
The Department of Water and Sanitation and its partners have committed to continue promoting active citizenry.
Spokeman Sputnik Ratau, said “we are proud to partner with civil society organizations and corporates who are aligned with our vision of conserving water.
“We need to increase our water saving efforts. We will continue to engage communities and all sectors of society,” Rantau said.
Over 120 #SaveWater Ambassadors were recently appointed to drive the message. They include community activists and television, radio and sport personalities. Various sporting codes and NGO’s are supporting the drive.
In the run-up to World Water Day on Thursday, 22 March, a round table discussion will be hosted in Cape Town with key stakeholders.
To drive the #SaveWater #EveryDropCounts message, communities are being engaged, leaflets distributed and the Department this week also launched “Drop The Block”. Residents are encouraged to put the blocks in their toilet cisterns to #SaveWater with every flush.
Ambassadors also started a viral #EmptyBucketChallenge where photos of an empty bucket of water is displayed.
“We want every citizen to pledge to #SaveWater because #EveryDropCounts. The campaign is viral already on social media. We have to spread the message and we encourage all South Africans to join us,” said Abramjee.
Yusuf Abramjee Cell 082 4414 203
Catherine Constantinides 083 747 7677
083 874 2942