By: Lungelo Ngcamu

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The Gauteng Provincial Government has officially launched the #SAVEWATER campaign which marks the beginning of a new era in water preservation in the province, according to Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

The campaign to be rolled out throughout the province, will be driven mainly by councillors and government employees such as Community Development Workers (CDWs).

MEC Mamabolo said the provincial mass communication campaign was a “water revolution in our province”.

The campaign is supported by all the municipalities, the national Department of Water and Sanitation, Eskom and Rand Water who all signed a pledge towards the campaign on Thursday.

In his keynote address, MEC Mamabolo said people do not have the correct knowledge on issues related to saving water and the campaign aims to change this.

“You should remember this day because as from today the conversation in our province is going to change for the better as we increase our knowledge on preserving our precious resources such as water,” said MEC Mamabolo.

The province is also putting more emphasis on water harvesting during times of rain and households and public institutions like schools, clinics, libraries and schools must also invest in tanks to harvest water.

Chairperson of Rand Water Board Advocate Matshidiso Hashatse said both the community and government have a role to play in support of the #SAVEWATER campaign and in changing behaviour.

“We must move away from the assumption of plenty and from the culture of using water as though it was abundant. With the prevailing climatic conditions, our water supply will continue to be under pressure. Behavioral change will assist in easing the situation,” said


President Zuma urges youth to build economy

By: Lungelo Ngcamu

The 27th World Economic Forums was held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from the 3rd -5th of May gathered African leaders to have a dialogue on how the African continent can be developed economically.

The forum aimed at bringing together African leadership from across all various industries to come up with strategies and ideas that will see Africa having an inclusive growth in economy.

This year’s theme was more focused on driving economic transformation in Africa through an inclusive role models.

The concept of inclusive growth and many other issues critical to Africa’s long-term development were covered in the Meeting’s programme. These included the education, skills and employment; entrepreneurship, energy, infrastructure and development finance, combating, adapting to and building resilience against climate change; and science, technology and innovation

Another highlight that was tabled in the forum was to get the land back to the people as the strongest infrastructure that will help people to be able to start their business like agriculture and land properties. The improvement of African education in order to produce highly skilled youth to partake or play an integral part in improving the economy of the continent.

Speaking on the WEF Africa 2017, The President Jacob Zuma highlighted the importance of the youth participating in building the a successful Africa.

“It is absolutely important not to believe that for us to succeed, it is other people who must build. The youth itself must participate, to change the future for themselves together with the elders,”

“The critical point is that you are able to identify the destination and commitment, and then work on what is the best vehicle or methods to achieve that would help you best shape the future.” Zuma said.