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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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School of Management: Guest lecturers
2006-09-05

School of Management
Guest lecturers – MBA Programme
Second semester 2006

For more information contact Minette at jacobsm.ekw@mail.uovs.ac.za
or Keneilwe at mokgks.ekw@mail.uovs.ac.za

 

Name

Short Description

Date

Time


Ton Vosloo

Renosi Mokate

Zingile Dingani

Velaphi Ratshefola

Operations Director: ABI

19 July

10h00-12h00

Ruud Heijblom

Netherlands

21 July

9h00- 13h00

Millard Arnold

Executive Director: Murray&Roberts

24 July

10h00-12h00

Mias de Klerk

Executive Consultant: Sasol

26 July

10h00-12h00

Laurie Dippenaar

Firstrand

2 Aug

10h00-12h00

Ton Vosloo

Chairman: Naspers

21 Aug

10h00-12h00

Mike Schussler Economist of the Year
25 Aug
  

Malose Kekana

Umsombomvy Youth Fund

29 Aug

10h00-12h00

Bahle Goba

Nokusa Consulting

31 Aug

14h00-16h00

Renosi Mokate

Deputy Governor: SA Reserve Bank

18 Sept

10h00-12h00

Errol Kruger

Registrar of Banks

19 Sept

10h00-12h00

Michael Pfaff

CEO: RMB

20 Sept

10h00-12h00

Danie Marx

Consultant

21 Sept

10h00-12h00

Zingile Dingani

Secretary to Parliament

2 October

10h00-12h00

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