KZN’s Women in Water awards

2010-08-30 00:00

THE National Department of Water Affairs announced the winners of the Women in Water awards in a ceremony at Oshabeni, near Port Shepstone on Friday.

KwaZulu-Natal walked away with two awards in Masibambisane Co-operative from Ntuzuma Township in Durban, which was awarded R100 000 in the Indigenous Work category, and Bambithuba Women Development from Zululand, which received R50 000 as winners in the Education and Awareness category.

Deputy Minister spokesperson Peter Mbelengwa said winners in the Indigenous Work category were tasked with coming up with an olden day strategy for water conservation.

They showed how water was conserved by constructing a ditch that could trap water.

Winners in the Education and Awareness category had to educate and spread awareness of the importance of water conservation, said Mbelengwa.

A total of eleven elated wo­men’s groups, some shedding tears of joy, walked away with monetary prizes for their projects, according to Mbengelwa.

Department of Water Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi praised the women for their courage, participation and co-operation.

“We are committed to supporting you all and making sure that your projects are sustainable.”

She also encouraged women to share their skills and to become ambassadors for water awareness in their communities.

The surprise award for the day was a Lifetime Achiever award which was bestowed on Mma Tshepo Khumbane.

She received R200 000 for her contribution to the betterment of the lives of women and ordinary South Africans through various projects.

Khumbane is well-known for her “Mind Mobilisation plan”, of which the main thrust is to emancipate women from the shackles of poverty by planting trees, vegetables and displaying good water management practices.

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