National Water campaign is seen as an awareness week
which serves as a powerful campaign mechanism re-iterating the value
of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce
resource and the role water plays in eradicating poverty and
under-development in South Africa.
Vision of the campaign
The campaign seeks to continue building on the
ongoing awareness creation within the broader South African
community. This awareness creation is coupled with the
responsibility that every citizen must take in ensuring the
integrity of our water resources and its efficient use.
Particularly, the linkages between water services, supply, resource
management, poverty eradication, social and economic development are
emphasised in a number of innovative ways.
The proposed annual campaign has been influenced
by local needs and international sectoral trends. The envisaged
celebrations intends contributing towards achieving the following:
- Increased awareness of the processes towards
realising the constitutional right of all South Africans to have
access to water
- Building on existing campaigns around
sanitation and hygiene (particularly the WASH campaign)
- Ensuring that the cleanliness and the integrity
of our water sources and outlets is maintained
- Ensuring the long term sustainability of our
- Highlighting the crucial link between water and
health with the objective of eradicating water-borne diseases
and, thereby, reducing child mortality
- Empowering communities, especially women, in
managing and improving their living conditions
- Highlighting the vital interdependence between
poverty eradication, socio-economic empowerment and our water
- Developing an aware and responsible South
African society across the demographic spectrum
- Supporting the Women in Water, Sanitation and Forestry Awards 2006
- Supporting the Baswa Le Meetse Awards 2006
(Youth in Water Awards)
- Celebrating Water as a source of life
"Water: sustaining lives - enabling growth"
"We need water to grow our economy and to alleviate poverty in South Africa. Let's conserve our water and use it with care"