Real impact realised through water saving education efforts
Cape Town, March 2018: In the last few months the community of Cape Town has been working to change its water usage behaviour due to its water crisis. The collective efforts of the Department of Water and Sanitation and Sunlight 2in1 in creating a #watersmartnation were realised as the city came together at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre to commemorate #WorldWaterDay.
In a drive to raise awareness about the importance of using water wisely, Sunlight 2in1 alongside the Department of Water and Sanitation; the first granddaughter of the Mandela clan, Ndileka Mandela, Ntokozo Dlamini, who plays Mastermind on SABC 1’s Uzalo and Operations SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, embarked on various roadshows that highlighted practical ways of using water sparingly in their everyday lives. Through this collaborative initiative, approximately 3000 pledges were garnered at each activation from fellow South Africans who were open to helping the country save water.
“We are very close to the water issues considering the type of products we produce therefore we are always thinking of innovative ways to use water wisely. With this initiative and the rising plight of water shortages, we feel it is prudent that we extend our knowledge, and partner with relevant initiatives and individuals to really deepen education about wise water usage,” says Lethepu Matshaba, Vice President, Homecare Southern Africa at Unilever. “The sunlight 2in1 is a classic example of how we are not only talking about saving water, but we are employing technology to demonstrate our commitment to a water smart nation”.
As part of the initiative 35 5000L JOJO tanks, were handed over to the Save Our Schools NPO. These much-needed tanks were handed over to Shelley Humphreys, Executive Director Save Our Schools NPO by Yusuf Abramjee and Ndileka Mandela, – Humphreys is passionate about providing sustainable water access to the community of Cape Town, which is the main mandate of her organisation.
“As Sunlight 2in1 we want to continue the conversation of preserving water, not only in Cape Town but in the entire country and we hope the various interactions will help to change behaviour of people in their day-to-day lives” concluded Lerato Dumisa, Assistant Brand Manager at Unilever.
With the city converging on the V&A Water Front to view the innovations displayed as part of the exhibition, the event, hosted by Katlego Maboe of The Expresso Show on SABC 3, attracted all age groups who were also entertained by South African singer-songwriter and recording artist, Amanda Black.