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Further, it will provide education on preserving the environment and provide communities with an environment that encourages personal develop- ment and a breeding ground for talent. The project will also promote partnerships and volunteer action that will cilitate the fulfilment of the DWA mission of promoting the sustainability of water resources.

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Human behaviour is the root cause of most pollution, and will be treated as the key priority to ensure the sustainability of the programme.

The initiative will also create training opportunities that promote self-esteem and life skills development, alleviate poverty and create temporary jobs, promote the spirit of volunteerism and enhance community participation in cleaning the environment and promote more public-sector accountability.

The main aims of the Adopt-a-River programme is to clean solid waste from river banks and provide a work-based training programme, which will include basic water quality testing to monitor the quality of rivers. This will increase opportunities for women to participate in the workforce.

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The project beneficiaries have been given basic training, which includes basic safety and health training, snakes and snakebite training and water safety and first aid training, says Amatola Water CEO Nomonde Mnukwa.

The Department of Water Afirs (DWA) is aiming to increase awareness of the importance of South Africas water resources, as well as to promote community participation in taking care of the countrys water resources, through its Adopt-a-River programme.

We hope to increase knowledge of the importance of our water resources, and develop active participation by stakeholders in contributing to environmental management, and, ultimately, this may result in better management and protection of our environment and of our scarce and precious water resources, says Botha.

The DWA intends to broaden this initiative to other areas in future, engaging with sector partners, such as municipalities, industries and agricultural sectors.

The overall aim of the project is to clean the Buflo river and its immediate surroundings, from source to sea, as well as provide life skills training for the participating beneficiaries.

The Isipingo river, in KwaZulu-Natal, the Luvubu river, in Limpopo, and the Buflo river, in the Eastern Cape, have been identified as priority rivers for the initial implementation of the programme.

The project makes use of women beneficiaries, selected through the involvement of ward councillors, from areas closest to the river stretching from Stutterheim through King Williams Town and Zwelitsha to East London.

The initiative also aims to piece together, in a sustainable manner, the aims of aquatic ecosystem health, economic growth and human health, as well as codependent land and water-use principles.

Municipalities, sector partners, tertiary institutions, schools, the private sector, agricultural communities, industries, community leaders and women in the vicinity of targeted rivers are the key role-players of the Adopt-a-River project.

Amatola Water utility, in the Eastern Cape, was appointed as the implementing agent for the Adopt-a-River project along the Buflo river and the utilitys institutional support and development supervisor, Nomnikelo Botha, has been appointed the project manager for the Adopt-a-River programme.

The programme will assist in driving water savings, skills development for the youth, job creation, and imprdepartment o Department raises awareness through Adopt-a-Riverovements in water quality and the state of the countrys rivers.

ADOPT-A-RIVER Women beneficiaries from Buflo river, in the Eastedepartment of health eastern cape jobsrn Cape, clean litter out of the river

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