Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane held a prayer service with the Port Elizabeth communities to officially launch the National Water Week on Sunday, 13 March 2016. The theme for the week is 'Water for People, Water by People.' The Minister declared the official dates for the National Water Week as 14 - 22 March 2016.
The department in partnership with the Umhlobo Wenene FM jointly hosted a National Prayer Service aimed at mobilising society behind the call for rain and creating awareness on the need to care for natural resources such as water for the benefit of future generations. The Water Research Commission (WRC) supports the National Water Week campaign as it starts today.
Water Week serves as a campaign mechanism of the Department of Water and Sanitation aimed at re-emphasizing the importance of water, the scarcity of this resource and the need to manage this resource in a sustainable way that appreciates its role in eradicating poverty and under-development.
This year’s 'Water Week is unique as it takes place when the country faces the most severe drought which has affected parts of our country, leaving many households without access to water and causing devastation for crop producers and livestock farmers, in particular.
As the Water Week begins, some parts of the country have started receiving good rains. The South African Weather Bureau (SAWB) predicted more rains this week with some parts of the country to expect flooding. Commenting on the recent rains, the WRC CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said, “Every drop counts , but if it falls in catchment areas where it is most needed the water can be stored in dams such that it has impact on the current drought'' .
As a result of the drought, many South Africans have come forth with various drought mitigation proposals and have begun to engage government on the need to partner in programmes aimed at conserving water and managing this scarce resource efficiently. As a response to many such proposals, the launch of the 'National Water Week' will be held in the form of a national prayer for rain. Various religious faiths have been invited along with communities to dedicate a moment in prayer for rain, rehabilitation of our natural water sources and protection of water streams and rivers.
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