Across the world, we celebrated #WorldWaterDay last week.
And surely there’s never been a more apt time to give serious consideration to water in the Western Cape. The water crisis has been hard on households and businesses. But look at the creativity it has sparked:
- Businesses and restaurants are creating innovative ways to use less water when cleaning, serving water etc.;
- Water tanks and bags are used by households to catch rain water;
- The Groenland Water Users Association donated millions of litres of water to the City of Cape Town (we’ve got more here);
- And the Department of Environmental Affairs is putting greater effort and funds into clearing invasive alien plants to free up water in our catchments (working with partners like Flower Valley Conservation Trust).
Invasive alien plants impact our water supply. We did some research – and found some interesting stats on this (see below for more).
Collaboration is not only key in clearing invasives.
Collaboration has also played out in our Early Childhood Development work. Our ECD programme is now working on behalf of the Department of Social Development, to connect with 22 centres from Stanford to Buffeljagsbaai, to improve the safety and support the education of the Overstrand’s children.
There are wonderfully positive stories that involve vital partnerships and creativity – a big focus for us this year.