What can be done about water in South Africa?

Recently the Nkangala District Municipality hosted a two day summit regarding Water Conservation at the Nkangala District offices.
The Executive Mayor from Nkangala Cllr. Thembi Masilela brought this important topic to the table.

As in August water conservation summit will be celebrated under the theme “Water is life, Sanitation is dignity.”

The primary objective was aimed at addressing the water and sanitation provision challenges across the six Constituent Local Municipalities within the district.

As the access to water and sanitation facilities is essential for human life, its improvement is also related to respect and dignity for those in need. For example, every human being deserves to be protected from the many health problems posed by poor disposal of excreta.

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The impact of poor water supply and sanitation services on poor women’s physical security, opportunities for adult education, overall productivity, income-generating capacity, nutritional status, time, and overall health and well-being is severe.

In many cultures, girls and women wait until after dark to defecate if they have no latrine in the household, walk to a place distant from their home for excreta disposal, particularly at night, they are vulnerable to harassment and assault. Women often refrain from drinking so that they do not have to go to toilet. This practice leads to severe health consequences i.e. bladder infections, constipation, or kidney problems.

This summit created an opportunity for the community of Nkangala to strengthen their relationship and partnership with the social partners to educate and empower the local stakeholders and communities to be actively involved and participate in the vigorous campaign of saving water as it’s a scarce commodity in the country.

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Samantha Traill
JOURNALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER

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