There is no doubt water scarcity is a serious problem in South Africa. It’s one of the world’s driest countries, less than half of South Africans (46.4%) have water piped in their homes and only 26.8% have access to water on their property at all.
If you live in a drought-stricken region you will know first hand how the lack of water affects every part of life – from limiting how you clean yourself to how frequently you water the garden or wash your clothes. And that’s just on a personal level. More broadly, it’s led to crop losses, food scarcity and economic disruption. This is why it’s especially important for local businesses and communities to work together to promote water sustainability.
Vodacom’s water-saving investments
Vodacom is one such business that has partnered with the government to play an active role in improving water conditions in the country. We believe that if we Connect for Good, amazing things can be accomplished. Some of our initiatives include:
- Vodacom Foundation spent R6-million to alleviate water shortages by delivering 1,651,595 litres of bottled water to schools in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
- Vodacom has worked with the City of Cape Town to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) water dispenser for communities in the Western Cape.
- We’ve partnered with the Water Research Council to send SMS notifications encouragi...