Community Empowerment

Future Leaders Showcase Water-Saving Innovations

 Zakheni Primary School pupils were crowned the water gurus at the Schools’ Water Conservation and Waste Competition held at the Boksburg Civic Centre on Thursday, 1 November.

The competition is a culmination of a programme that saw learners from primary schools participate in educational sessions in August, while secondary school learners visited the Rand Water purification station and East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) wastewater treatment plant in October this year.

Winners were chosen based on the creativity of demonstrating the knowledge they have gained through the programme, and efforts made to source additional information. After presenting innovative ways to save water through rain water harvesting options for informal settlements Zakheni Primary School pupils left a good impression, and their presentation to the panel of judges and the MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Tiisetso Nketle left a ray of hope for the water sector.

“There is a shortage of skills in the water sector and South Africa is a water-scarce country facing a potential water crisis should there be no drastic action taken. We are relying on the future generations to contribute to innovative solutions. It is through this competition that the City encourages research and learners to find solutions, while also consider pursuing a career in water engineering,” MMC Nketle said.

While Zakheni Primary School from Duduza was the star in the primary school category, Amos Maphanga Secondary School from Etwatwa reigned supreme in the high school category, with a persuasive presentation on possible solutions on alternative water sources.

Caption: MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Tiisetso Nketle with Ms Lindiwe Sibisi from Zakheni primary school from Duduza who scooped the first prize at the water conservation and waste competition held at the Boksburg Civic Centre.


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Themba Gadebe
Spokesperson Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
Department; Communications and Brand Management

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