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WC Education Dept steps in to help schools save water

Director of Communications for Western Cape Education Department, Paddy Attwell says they are planning to expand the number of schools receiving the smart meters from a 100 to 270.

The Western Cape has been hit by what is described as the worst drought in four decades.

We have drawn an agreement with Shoprite and Bridgiot to run the campaign and encourage the private sector to contribute to the installation of the smart meters on a 60/40 basis.

Paddy Attwell, WC education department head of communications

What this means is that the department will fund the schools to cover 40% if the donors could cover 60% of the costs.

Paddy Attwell, WC education department head of communications

Attwell says Shoprite has taken the lead in announcing that it will cover about 100 schools. He commended CapeTalk for also stepping in to support this initiative.

Read: 100 Cape schools to save 1000s of litres with new water saving initiative

Between Shoprite, CapeTalk and ourselves, hopefully we can get it done.

Paddy Attwell, WC education department head of communications

Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch Prof Thinus Booysen says for the smart meters to be installed in schools and water to be saved they really need the support of the private sector.

He urged other companies to join Shoprite in helping these schools save water. Each school will need up to R30 000 per year to get the smart meter installed.

I think the time has come for us to work together to avoid Day Zero. If anyone wants to sponsor a school of their own, they are welcome and if they want to sponsor a number of schools, they are also more than welcome.

Prof Thinus Booysen, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch

Booysen calls on corporates to go to the website created and pledge support for the initiative.

To hear how you can be involved in this challenge as a company, listen here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : WC Education Dept steps in to help schools save water


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