Between 2015 and 2017, the Western Cape region experienced three of its lowest rainfall years on record. This drought continued to impact the province in 2018, resulting in the threat of Day Zero – the day that Cape Town’s taps would run dry.
In response, WWF-SA published a Wednesday Water File over a period of ten weeks to help households and businesses in the Western Cape prepare for life beyond Day Zero. The Wednesday Water Files were widely shared on main-stream and social media, and a composite of the Wednesday Water Files was created with Sanlam branding and widely distributed.
WWF-SA is also working with the Sanlam Foundation to develop and distribute an ‘Aqua Champs’ teaching resource that aims promote responsible water stewardship among learners and teachers. The book is designed to take learners on an adventure and create awareness of how they can protect and manage water resources. The content of the textbook reflects the national curriculum and will provide teachers with comprehensive lesson plans, class activities and assessment projects.
The effectiveness of this intervention was tested in three schools in 2018 in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. It will be rolled out nationally to all Blue Ladder schools from July 2019.