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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) coordinates the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP). The SAYWP is science & technology based project. The competition begins at provincial level and then proceeds to the national level. The national winner represents South Africa in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) in Stockholm, Sweden to compete with learners from 30 countries annually.


  • To promote the protection of South Africa‚Äôs natural resources;
  • To encourage and empower the youth to participate actively in integrated and community based water resource management;
  • To expose and enhance the interest of the youth to science and technology;
  • To motivate the youth to pursue water and sanitation management careers;
  • To provide opportunities for the youth to interact with their peers, in order share knowledge and experiences related to water and the environment, nationally and internationally.

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