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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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Kovsies leave NWU with a draw
2014-09-30


Kovsies, the reigning Varsity Netball champions 2013

Defending Varsity Netball champions Kovsies handed VUT a ballistic 77-16 defeat during the final round of the 2014 Varsity Netball championship in Soweto on Monday.

The UFS’s pride will now host the team from NWU for a semi-final clash on 13 October on the Bloemfontein Campus at 17:30. NWU claimed their play-off spot after beating NMMU 63-37 in the final round on Monday.

Kovsies also had to pass through the Maties team on Sunday, where they managed to claim a 56-29 victory over the ladies from Stellenbosch.

Despite their narrow loss against Tuks in the first match of the tournament, Kovsies displayed a lot of determination and consistency in the matches that followed. This just once again proved the quality of a champion side set on not letting their well deserved title go

To view the full fixture for this year’s Varsity Netball tournament, follow this link:

 

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