Methodists join efforts to quell water crisis

2018-02-01 06:00
Patience Dlikilili with Rev M Mlaba, Mr R De Vree, Rev Jalamba, Mr M Prince and Mr S Ketse at

Patience Dlikilili with Rev M Mlaba, Mr R De Vree, Rev Jalamba, Mr M Prince and Mr S Ketse at

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The severity of the drought crisis in the Western Cape has resulted in unprecedented levels of public anxiety as day zero looms.

As a result, the Department of Local Government increased their awareness campaigns across the Western Cape Province, reaching out to various stakeholders, including religious communities.

The Department was also recently invited by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, under the False Bay Circuit to address the congregation during a “workshop on leadership” on the status of drought as well as the water savings initiatives that can be implemented by communities.

Patience Dlikilili from the department used the platform to share key messages around the water crisis in the Western Cape and warned the delegates that “drought is a reality and we can all make a difference by educating one another on how to use water sparingly. Every drop of water saved can make a difference”.

The False Bay Engagement took place on Saturday and is one of a series of engagements that will be taking place in the build -up towards “Day Zero”.

Day Zero has now been brought forward to 12 April 2018.

The workshop was attended by church leaders and stewards, representing various church committees from 17 societies in Khayelitsha.

The respective church leaders made a commitment and undertook to spread the message within their churches through its structures.

“Practically, the issue of the water crisis will find expression through various communication platforms within the church by making it a standing item on the agenda of all meetings, including announcements,”, added Ms Dlikilili.

She said the department appreciates the need to utilise a multiplicity of platforms to communicate messages around the looming water crisis, and will continue to build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to avert the devastation.

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