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Back to the drawing board to save water
We’ve managed to damage nature’s ‘filter’ with air, ocean, and soil pollution, and by destroying wetlands.

Dr Cindé Greyling, a University of the Free State (UFS) DiMTEC (Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa) alumni, studied drought mitigation with a strong focus on communicating important water-saving information. 

Can we run out of water?
Yes, and no, says Dr Greyling. “To our knowledge, water is not ‘leaking’ through our atmosphere. We have what we have, but that doesn’t mean we will have enough clean, fresh water forever. Nature has a magnificent way of purifying water through the water cycle. We, on the other hand, must use a lot of money and energy to purify water. Also, we’ve managed to damage nature’s ‘filter’ with air, ocean, and soil pollution, and by destroying wetlands. The other problem is a simple supply and demand scenario. More people will need more water, but not only that, population growth calls for industry development and increased food supplies – all of which require more water.”    

A war over water
Besides some Hollywood impressions, it is difficult to imagine a war over water, but it is possible. “Some experts are convinced that we are heading there, and others claim that such tensions already exist. Personally, I don’t favour these kinds of shock tactics (or truths) – social research has shown us that it rarely leads to behavioural changes. We can learn a lot from what was has been done in Cape Town. Although we all think people were bombarded with ‘Day-Zero’-scares, they were actually encouraged to adapt their behaviour with a communication campaign that hardly ever used the term ‘Day-Zero’. This approach mobilised citizens to reach record lows of water usage.” 

Adapt a new normal
Dr Greyling encourages the “new normal” set in motion by Capetonians. “Water consciousness is needed, even when the rain comes again. We’ve taken water for granted for too long. As consumers, we have the power to turn this situation around – drop for drop. Be aware about the amount of water you use, how you use it, and for what. Keep in mind that any wastage and pollution (of ‘dry’ things) also wastes and pollutes water. Generally, we need to behave better regarding consumption.”  

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DB Prinsloo now Director of KovsieSport
2012-06-08

 

DB Prinsloo and a fellow athlete at the Free State Cross Country Championships.
Photo: Supplied

08 June 2012

DB Prinsloo has been appointed as Director of KovsieSport, effective from 1 April 2012. He has been acting in this position since 2010.

Apart from leading this division for some time, DB has been involved as a sport manager at KovsieAthletics since 2003. “Athletics is my speciality sport, but during the past two years as acting director, I have managed to create a balance and I was able to divide my time in order to serve all the sporting codes.”

He is very excited about his appointment. “It’s such a privilege. I have been a Kovsie since my first year in 1982, and I am really proud to be able to go the distance,” he says.

Regarding his vision for KovsieSport, DB says, “I would like to see Kovsies become the first choice university in South Africa for students who are interested in sport – be it performance sport or recreational sport.”

He finds students’ involvement in sport at university important. “I would like to see us increase our excellence, something we are already working hard to achieve. Participating in sport is a lifestyle choice and I would like to see all students participating in our recreational sporting activities. A healthy body is home to a healthy spirit,” he says.
 

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