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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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Kovsie sprinters on their way to Kazan, Russia
2013-06-19

19 June 2013

We are proud of the inclusion of four Kovsie athletes in the SA Student team for the World Student Games.

Wayde van Niekerk (400 m and 4x400 relay), Gideon Trotter (200 m and 4x100 relay), Rynardt van Rensburg (800 m) and Dumisani Hlaselo (1500 m and 5000 m) will compete in Kazan, Russia, from 6 to 17 July 2013.

At this stage, Wayde and Rynardt are participating abroad. On 12 June 2013 Wayde won his first foreign race in Dakar, Senegal, in a time of 46.45.

Rynardt recently took part in two 800 m races. On 4 June 2013 he was fourth in Velenje, Slovakia, in a time of 1:47.51 and on 8 June he ended in the fifth place in Torino, Italy, in a time of 1:48.69.

Danel Prinsloo is a non-travelling reserve in the 800 m for the SA Students’ team.

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