Young brothers endeavour to save Bay’s water

2017-03-29 06:03
Litha Adam (left), a learner at Grey High School, with Mihlali Adam, a prefect at St George’s College. They are encouraging people to place sandfilled 500ml bottles in toilet cisterns to help save water.             Photo:SUPPLIED

Litha Adam (left), a learner at Grey High School, with Mihlali Adam, a prefect at St George’s College. They are encouraging people to place sandfilled 500ml bottles in toilet cisterns to help save water. Photo:SUPPLIED

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TWO brothers who believe that one is never too young to inspire other people - young and old - are on a mission to address the current water crisis in the Bay area.

Mihlali Adam, a matric learner at St George’s College, and his brother Litha, who is in Grade 10 at Grey High School, started the Adam Goodwill Ambassadors – an initiative which aims to promote the spirit of Ubuntu by doing goodwill to restore dignity to the vulnerable.

The Adam Goodwill Ambassadors have been involved with many different charity projects, such as donating school shoes to needy children. “We have been blessed with wonderful opportunities and we believe that the hand that is open to give, stays open to receive. God has blessed us and in thanking him for blessing us, we want to be a blessing onto others,” Mihlali said.

The Adam brothers point out that their work would not have been possible without the regular support from their friends at their respective schools and their father, Sandile.

Their support structure is also involved in their latest endeavour, which is to help avert the city’s water crisis.

“Executive Mayor Athol Trollip recently raised awareness about water shortages in Nelson Mandela Bay and this motivated us, the Adam Goodwill Ambassadors, to also encourage the youth to step up and be involved in helping to save water in every possible way,” explained Mihlali.

Litha added, “Water is a basic human right that should be supplied by our government, but we also have the responsibility to save the water that we currently have and use it efficiently. However, we can make a difference and save water, particularly in our schools.”

Mihlali, a prefect at St George’s College, wants to encourage all SRC members and prefects of every school in the metro to collectively champion the following in favour of the future:

“Place 500ml bottles filled with sand/soil into the cisterns of every toilet in schools by March 31. It would be ideal if the SGBs and our principals could report the progress done to our district offices so that we could be able to quantify the collective efforts of saving water done by future leaders who are prefects and SRC members in our schools,” said Mihlali.

“SGBs and prefects can disseminate the call by encouraging students to place these 500ml bottles in every cistern of the toilets in every household in the metro by April 7. Lastly, when this has been done, push and pull back the lever to dilute the concentration.

“If this initiative is adhered to in every household, each person could be saving more than five litres of water per day,” said Mihlali.

Litha added, “It would be profound if we could collectively act today and ensure our future has adequate water.”

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