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Improving water quality and quantity

Despite having large catchment areas,

South Africa is a water-stressed country.

The government has appointed a

dedicated ministry to address water

and sanitation issues. However,

government cannot manage water

quality and quantity issues alone.

Partnerships with civil society

organisations, such as ourselves,

therefore form a key part of South

Africa’s water management strategy.

Our Water Programme is working to

make social, ecological and economic

contributions towards the improvement

of the quality, availability and distribution

of our country’s water resources. We

focus on water issues in catchment

areas, river and estuarine systems,

human settlements and SADC

transboundary areas. We work with

government departments, local and

traditional authorities, urban and rural

communities in order to strengthen

water governance and management

and improve stewardship practices.

We’re working in an innovative

partnership with the

Department of

Water and Sanitation

(DWS) to secure

sustainable water practices in a project

involving schools and school

communities across South Africa.

The project has gone beyond simply

raising awareness, and many schools

have now reported that they are saving

thousands of litres of water every


Adult-based training and service

delivery expertise

is also key in

creating a nation that is able to manage

its water resources well. In this regard

we’re empowering many local

municipalities and district municipalities

– the legal guardians of our water

resources – in integrated water

resource management.

The Umngeni River currently

provides fresh water for over 5 million

people who live and work in the cities

of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. While

awareness of the overexploitation and

pollution of water resources in the

Umngeni Catchment

is high, not

enough is being done to change

current practices. In partnership with

WWF-SA, and with the support of the

Maas Maasen Fund, we undertook a

research process in 2014 to establish

who the priority groups in the

catchment were that should undergo

capacity building. Based on the

research, a capacity building

programme within the Umngeni

Catchment is now in place. Through

this programme, Leadership Seminars

are being conducted to educate

councillors, planners, municipal staff

and other members of the public.

Consequently, communities are

beginning to undertake wise water

and environment management practices.

An ambassador for forest


Zolani, a respected sculptor, has been

at the forefront of the WESSA

Ntsubane Forest Complex Project.

His influence has contributed to the

successes associated with the

systematic and integrated approach

to forest conservation that we have

undertaken over the past several years

in this internationally recognised

biologically diverse forest complex.

As a sculptor, Zolani has become

increasingly well known around South