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In honour of National Water Week, I have made it my duty to make everyone understand the significance of this valuable resource called water. Water is a generally scarce resource and a source of livelihood which has no substitute. Therefore, it needs to be conserved and this can be done in a number of ways.

Firstly, standpipes and taps must always be properly closed so as to avoid water wastage. Take the time to make sure that this has been done properly. It is important to try and consume at least two litres of water on a daily basis, so we need to pray for rain so as to fill up our water sources. One should always purify water that has not been treated, for example, by boiling or adding a small amount of Jik to it.

As a commemoration of National water week, myself and my colleagues identified a High School, Sophathisana SSS, where we organised a celebration of the National Water Week at the school and invited the Departments of Education, Health, Water and Sanitation; The School Governing Body (SGB); school educators and principal to grace the event with their presence and also to give messages of support over and above the one given by The Mvula Trust.

The event was very successful, and we issued educators with golf shirts branded ‘The Mvula Trust’. We also held a dancing competition for the learners where all four participants were issued with the golf shirts, and the winner was given a R50 cash prize. I was the Programme Director/M.C for the day and I have been told that I lived up to the expectation.

It is my sincere hope that everyone involved was able to gain insight into how important it is to appreciate the value of water by making every day a water day and celebrating it on a daily basis.