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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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Thirteen UFS students among Top 100 at GradStar awards
2016-11-04

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Minette Nortjé, Jon-Dylon Petersen and
Bongani Mtotoba from the University of the Free State,
were part of South Africa’s Top 100 graduates.
Photo: Rulanzen Martin

Thirteen students from the University of the Free State were selected as part South Africa’s Top 100 graduates in the GradStar programme.

The programme, which is sponsored by FNB and Fasken Martineau, was set up by BlackBark productions and GradConnection. It is a unique opportunity for each graduate to draw upon the expertise and knowledge of those gone before them.

GradStar programme 2016

The GradStar programme matches the country’s best future graduates with potential employers and business mentors. The Top 100 students were selected based on leadership criteria and readiness for the workplace, in addition to their academic performance. The programme ended in employer workshops with the Top 100.

To have been in the Top 100, the candidates went through a rigorous four-phase judging process. This process consisted of the application to the 2016 GradStar programme, psychometric testing, video interviewing and an assessment day followed by the awards ceremony. The list was announced at a gala dinner at Wanderers Club on 27 September 2016.

13 top students from the UFS
The top students from the UFS and their majors are:

•    Bongani Anthony Mtotoba: Law and Accounting
•    Jon-Dylon Petersen: Quantity Surveying
•    Helena Scholtz: Economics
•    Mbali Moeketsi: Media Studies and Journalism
•    Minette Nortjé: Law
•    Molebogeng Motseke: Marketing Communication
•    Neo Mathinya: Agronomy
•    Phila Tantsi: Money and Investments
•    Ramona Govender: Criminal Law
•    Tiisetso Mashele: Mathematical Statistics
•    Tshimologo Roestoff: LLB Law
•    Tyrone Morehen: LLB Law
•    Vhuthuhawe Sadiki: Corporate Marketing and Communication

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