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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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Students honoured in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) honoured students who have excelled in 2005.

From the left are Mr Louis Theron (best B Com student in Actuarial Science, best third-year student in the Private Sector Management Programme and best third-year student in Bank Management), Miss Madri Victor (best first-year student in Industrial Psychology, Economics, Business Management and Financial Accounting), Mr Jaco Opperman (best B Acc honours student in Auditing, best B Acc honours student in Tax and best student in the Certificate for the Theory of Accounting), Prof Tienie Crous (Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences), Mr Michael von Maltitz (best postgraduate student in Economics and student with the best postgraduate paper in Economics) and Ms Cathy Stokes (best student in the master's degree in Development Support, best student for course work in the master's degree in Development Support and best student in Applied Development Research).

During the autumn graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State (UFS) Mr Louis Theron was awarded the dean's medal for the final-year student who achieved the best results in respect of a first bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  Mr Theron obtained a B Com in Actuarial Science.

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