Elders prepare for Day Zero

2018-02-13 06:01
Member of Provincial Parliament, Ricardo MacKenzie, and ward 76 councillor, Goawa Timm, with some of the members of the Lobelia Seniors’ Club.

Member of Provincial Parliament, Ricardo MacKenzie, and ward 76 councillor, Goawa Timm, with some of the members of the Lobelia Seniors’ Club.

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Doing their part to educate the masses on water saving, the councillors of the Mitchell’s Plain constituency joined in on a string of #DefeatDayZero drives across the area.

Constituency head and member of the Provincial Parliament, Ricardo MacKenzie, says they have been visiting old age homes and clubs following an increase in complaints to the councillors.

“We have received a lot of complaints and concerns from the old age homes and older people. Their children and visitors are obviously causing alarm, telling them they will not have water and that they will need to take a taxi or train to get water. We thought that we need to address the situation because they are receiving the wrong information,” says MacKenzie.

So far, the councillors have visited several old age homes, pensioners’ clubs and seniors’ clubs to dispel the rumours, to discuss the drought and its impact and to encourage all seniors to contribute to saving water.

Some of the seniors have already started saving water and promised to share the water-saving message with their friends and families.

“They are quite knowledgeable. They were able to tell us about springs that they accessed 15, 20, or even 30 to 40 years ago and we have passed that information on to the City,” says MacKenzie.

They have since visited primary schools and distributed pamphlets via the Walking Bus and at a traffic-light blitz at the R300/Jakes Gerwel Drive intersection. They will be visiting high schools during this week.

Mackenzie says the constituents took it upon themselves to start the campaign, following the launch of the #DefeatDayZero initiative in Athlone in January.

“We have taken it on ourselves to assist the City by using activists and spreading the message, because if we run out of water, we are all affected,” he says.

“We started taking this to the community over the last two weeks. We have reached a few thousand people but we need to do more. We must get the message out there to people that we must save water. People must use 50 litres or less and it can be done. We need the community to work with us and form a new relationship with water and become used to this, because the drought will be with us for the next few years.”

He further urges residents to continue to use grey water to flush their toilets and to save as much water as they can.

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