Cape Town – The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has launched its annual Clear Rivers campaign in honor of Mandela Month and called on the public to prevent water pollution by cleaning up waterways, wetlands, dams, canals and all sources of fresh water throughout the month.
Department spokesman Sputnik Ratau pleaded with the audience to devote their 67 minutes of goodwill activities to cleaning up water sources.
“Our ultimate goal is to foster volunteerism among communities as a proactive approach to protecting our rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems.
“Communities benefit from clean and healthy rivers because clean, fresh water helps communities with their daily activities, including drinking, cooking and washing clothes,” Ratau said.
Initiatives for the Clear Rivers Campaign were led by partners across the Western Cape, including Cape Town TV, Shoprite, Stellenbosch River Collaboration, Garden City and EnviroServe.
“The hoped-for impact, which is still ongoing, is to improve the health of river / aquatic ecosystems, the protection of the environment and the restoration of the flora and fauna of the ecosystems, as well as the appreciation of our aquatic ecosystems by all South Africans. because the country remains scarce in water.
“The benefits of healthy rivers help the country’s economy as different types of plants grow in and on the banks of the rivers and some of the plants also provide communities with building materials such as roofs for huts and / or houses.” , Ratau said.
The department said the rivers most in need of cleaning in the Western Cape included the Liesbeek / Black River and Jonkersberg.
“Our central message is that the health of rivers has an impact and is essential for good health, the economy and society. Let us take responsibility for keeping our aquatic ecosystems clean where we live or work, regardless of our social status, ”said Ratau.
In line with current Covid-19 restrictions, the department has urged people to come out and make all possible small changes in their individual abilities to avoid conducting large group cleanings.