Water early warn­ing for schools

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - No­luthando Motswai

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Over 14 mil­lion litres of water have been saved by 64 schools in the Western Cape, thanks to a smart me­ter­ing sys­tem de­vel­oped by the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch.

The Western Cape De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion part­nered with Sho­prite, Brid­giot and Cape Talk to bring the water sav­ing cam­paigns to schools.

Hec­tor Peter­son Se­condary School prin­ci­pal Mike Mavo­vana is one of the re­cip­i­ents of the smart me­ter­ing sys­tem and said the water cri­sis in the prov­ince is a re­al­ity.

“I am proud to be one of the school prin­ci­pals who are part of this water sav­ing project. It has helped to mon­i­tor our water us­age, we have saved over R20 000 and over four mil­lion litres of water since the in­stal­la­tion of the smart me­ter­ing sys­tem,” he said.

The sys­tem has an elec­tronic de­vice which is at­tached to the school’s mu­nic­i­pal water me­ter. It no­ti­fies the school via SMS or email and in real time if there is ex­ces­sive water us­age and pro­vides water us­age statis­tics as well as es­ti­mated costs.

Mavo­vana stressed that if the water cri­sis is to be man­aged ef­fi­ciently, ev­ery­one must play their part.

“The re­sponse from teach­ers and learn­ers has been good. Teach­ers re­port back to learn­ers on how much water we have saved and if there was wastage.”

The learn­ers and teach­ers have taken water sav­ing to greater heights with the de­vel­op­ment of a school en­vi­ron­men­tal desk which fo­cuses on the up­keep of the en­vi­ron­ment, with water sav­ing at the top of the list.

The se­ri­ous drought in the Western Cape due to poor rain­fall in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the prov­ince’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion has seen the de­mand for water steadily in­crease.

Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schafer was pleased with the in­stal­la­tion of the smart me­ter­ing de­vice and vis­ited Hec­tor Peter­son Se­condary School.

“This sys­tem has helped the school to cut water con­sump­tion from a whop­ping 47 000 litres a day to 9 000 litres - a daily sav­ing of 38 000 litres.”

The sys­tem has been in­stalled at 64 schools and has recorded a water sav­ing of over 14 mil­lion litres, an es­ti­mated cost sav­ing of over R700 000.

MEC Schafer said the sys­tem was likely to be rolled out to more schools.

“Mr Mavo­vana and the learn­ers have em­braced the new sys­tem, with one learner proudly ad­mit­ting to be­ing the project's 'ac­count­ing of­fi­cer'. I am also im­pressed at how the school has used the sys­tem to ed­u­cate learn­ers on water sav­ing,” said MEC Schafer.

Sho­prite is fund­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the sys­tems.

“With gov­ern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tor and uni­ver­si­ties join­ing hands and pool­ing skills, ef­forts and re­sources, the water cri­sis can be tack­led for the ben­e­fit of the prov­ince,” said Schafer.

Kganyago named Cen­tral Bank Gov­er­nor of the year

South African Re­serve Bank gov­er­nor, Le­setja Kganyago, has won the Cen­tral Bank­ing Gov­er­nor of the year 2018 award.

The award cel­e­brates the of­fi­cials that have best man­aged to stim­u­late growth and sta­bilise their econ­omy.

Kganyago was also re­cently ap­pointed as the new chair­per­son of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund’s (IMF) In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary and Fi­nan­cial Com­mit­tee (IMFC).

Nine syn­di­cate mem­bers in court for R90m VAT fraud

The nine mem­bers of a syn­di­cate sus­pected of op­er­at­ing a largescale value-added tax (VAT) fraud scam amount­ing to more than R90 mil­lion were ar­rested by the Hawks at their homes in up­mar­ket res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Gaut­eng and KwaZulu-Na­tal. Hawks Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said the op­er­a­tion was planned with the as­sis­tance of the Hawks’ Cy­ber Crime, Com­mer­cial Crime and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Units, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by SARS crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Two in the dock for fraud, il­le­gal land sales

The Hawks in New­cas­tle have ar­rested two sus­pects in Vry­heid for ren­tal fraud and il­le­gal land sales amount­ing to about R4 mil­lion.

Bu­sisiwe Mthethwa (53) and her ac­com­plice Phathakahle Khu­malo (70), al­legedly de­frauded the Othaka Com­mu­nity Trust.

They ap­peared in the Vry­heid Mag­is­trate’s Court where they were granted bail of R30 000 and R20 000 re­spec­tively.

The case has been post­poned to 2 March pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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