Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 March 2011
South Africans were given early warning of the coming Water Week with a river clean-up in the Free State led by Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
She was joined on Friday by volunteers from Mafube municipality and SA Breweries in a clean-up along a stretch of the Wilge River at Frankfort as a precursor to Water Week, marked from March 21 to 27.
The Wilge clean-up is set to become part of the local municipality’s environmental contribution and will provide work for 22 people.
Cape Town will host Water Week starting on Monday with the theme: Water is life, working together we can save more water.
Minister Edna Molewa said although the event was happening at a time when much of the country was still dealing with contrasting effects of droughts in parts and the aftermath of the floods that swept through eight provinces in January, the national water sector had to face up to a myriad of challenges.
“These include pollution of water courses, provision of basic water supply to communities and ensuring security of supply into the future,” she said.
This year’s Water Week coincides with South Africa hosting World Water Day on March 22. The African Minister’s Council on Water, UN Habitat and UN Water will all be in South Africa for the first time along with international, regional and local water experts to deliberate on an absolute essential for continued human survival.
The World Water Day conference at the Cape Town International Conference Centre will focus on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
By: Kim Helfrich
Source: The New Age