Innovation rewarded for addressing water resource challenges
The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete, presented awards to learners and educators from various provinces who excelled in coming up with innovative and original ideas to provide solutions to challenges facing the water sector.
The educators and learners braved the rainy weather as they gathered at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on September 28.
These life-changing awards were presented in various programmes of the department such as Baswa Le Meetse, Aqua Enduro, South African Youth Water Prize, Intervention Project and Public Speaking.
Some of the guests who supported the event were Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Higher Education Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, MMC of Human Settlements in Ekurhuleni, Lesiba Mpye, among others.
These programmes were aimed at encouraging schools to implement water projects aimed at solving water and sanitation challenges at both schools and communities.
Tshwete shared the underlying aim of the entire water and sanitation education programme.
âThe programme was aimed at educating and empowering learners and educators on the value of water and rivers so that future generations will access safe and clean water.
âThe awards ceremony has been set aside to appreciate hard work done by both the school and learners. The department hosts these adjudicators as part of its 2020 programme,â Tshwete said.
Lesufi gave his word of support for the departmentâs water project.
âWe are not proud of what is happening in schools nowadays where learners donât respect educators. I am happy to see these young people who are doing positive and beneficial things.
âWe wish them well; we want to see them graduate one day and compete with the best in the world,â Lesufi said.
Receiving the certificate on behalf of Letshego Primary School which won in the poster category is Thato Mosala. With her are (from left) Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete, Janine Martin (Cobra (Lixil Africa) and Nthuse Monyela (DWS).
From left: Vuyani Mpofu (Department of Basic Education), Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete, Senati Bukula, Gomolemo Sejake and Akhani Sophangisa.
Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete handed over the trophy to Mmathabo Diale who represented learners from Laerskool Eendracht. With them is Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Janine Martin (Cobra (Lixil Africa) and Nthuse Monyela (DWS).
The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete.
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