Schools: young footballers learn to be water-wise

2011-09-23 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has launched an educational initiative involving 18 schools that will take part in a soccer tournament while learning about the importance of saving water.

The launch, held on Wednesday at the Harry Gwala stadium was attended by school heads and officials of Umgeni Water, the Department of Education and the South African Schools Football Association.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela stressed the importance of saving water to the pupils, who were presented with soccer jerseys.

The tournament began on September 1 with matches played at the Alexandra Park stadium, and will end on October 1 with the final played at Wadley stadium in Edendale.

Ndlela said, “We have embarked on five year non-revenue water reduction programme.

“This is an all-encompassing programme that looks at various initiatives to reduce water losses, increase revenue and ultimately preserve and prolong the water in our catchment.”

Ndlela said that to be water- wise and promote the responsible use of water is not only a municipal initiative, but a goal shared by Msunduzi’s bulk water provider, Umngeni Water, and its regulator, the Department of Water Affairs.

“It is believed that pupils learn better when they play, and soccer, as described as a game of billions, has been selected as the starting point, with other sports codes and academic competitions to be arranged and rolled out in various suburbs in the next fours years,” he added.

This tournament will become an annual programme and will target areas surrounding PMB.

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