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Ridge Park College receives R10 000 for saving water
​Councillor Mpume Sithole with eThekwini Officials, representatives
of the Pavilion and students and teachers from Ridgepark College.
RIDGEPARK College was recognised for their water conservation techniques and were awarded with a R10 000 cheque from the City and the Pavilion Shopping Centre on 26 November.

In August 2018, the City held a Water Wise initiative at the Mall in which 20 schools participated to show off what they plan to do to save water. It was then announced that proper monitoring and assessment would take place and the school with the most sustainable solutions would receive R10 000 at the end of the year.

Some of the strategies undertaken by the school include the replacement of mechanical taps with electronic ones, installation of water saving tanks and recycling of unused and rain water. The school is taking it a step further by looking at measures into acquiring water from air.

Councillor Mpume Sithole, representing Mayor Zandile Gumede said that the City appreciates the programmes and it will assist in more ways than one. “Your concerted efforts will contribute to environmental sustainability and will play a meaningful role in conserving water for future generations.” Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli said that a significant amount of money is lost annually as a result of water loss.

He congratulated the students and lauded the teachers for rallying behind the cause of saving water. “We are pleased that this challenge is being taken seriously. Water is a precious resource that is fast dwindling and is very costly to the City. We need to get the message out to all communities through our learners, as they are the country’s future leaders.” Msweli said: “Our team of Education Officers visited and monitored the different schools. Ridge Park College was found to have assiduously continued with the execution of their water conservation proposal.”

General Manager of The Pavilion, Nisha Kemraj added that partnerships are key. “We are collaborating for a more sustainable world. We need to protect our resources and provide a platform for the youth to address these challenges.”
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