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President Jacob Zuma calls for innovative water use

SILINDILE MALULEKA PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has made a clarion call to global leaders to explore water reuse with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Goal six which highlights water and sanitation service delivery. President Zuma, who was speaking at the opening of the World Water Day Summit and Expo on 22 March, led a high-powered delegation of African Presidents and Ministers, United Nations officials and experts in the water and sanitation sector. The three-day World Water Day Summit and Expo which was held at Durban?s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre ended on 24 March. During the opening, President Zuma who is also the Chairperson of the Heads of States Committee on the United Nations High Level Panel on Water launched the 2017 World Water Development Report. ?This key report is aimed at drawing attention to the current dismal global status of water and sanitation and to inspire commitment to an urgent call for action by President Jacob Zuma (standing) led a delegation of African Presidents, Ministers and United Nations officials during the opening of the three-day World Water Day Summit and Expo which aims to accelerate service delivery in the water and sanitation sector. The opening of the Summit, held at Durban?s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, coincided with the United Nations World Water Day celebrated on 22 March 2017. Picture: LWAZI MZOBE world leaders to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,? he said. According to the report, 147 countries have met the Sustainable Development Goals? drinking water target. A total of 95 countries have not met the sanitation target and only 77 counties have met both. ?These statistics do not do justice in conveying the development and health challenges faced by so many people, or in contextualising how unevenly these basic services are distributed around the world and within societies,? President Zuma added. The Summit was welcomed by leadership from the three spheres of government as it came at a time when some parts of the country are currently grappling with drought. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu said this Summit has created an information sharing platform on best practices to ensure adequate provision of water for both domestic and commercial use. ?The drought has had a devastating impact not only on our economy and commercial demand for water, but also on human access to portable drinking water, drinking water for livestock and game farms, crop production and food security,? said Premier Mchunu, adding that despite mass mobilisation and awareness campaigns, KZN was still not achieving its water saving targets.

Mayor takes women emancipation dialogue global

METRO REPORTER A NATURAL activist and proponent for women empowerment, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has called on members of the Business Council for Africa to deliberately drive programmes that will favour the growth of women. Mayor Gumede was leading a Municipal delegation, comprising senior Councillors and officials, during their trade and investment mission in the United Kingdom from 22 to 24 March. She participated in a high-level panel of women leaders who gathered at the Law Society in London to explore practical ways for women to succeed as leaders in government and business. To ensure the radical economic empowerment of women, Mayor Gumede told delegates that eThekwini Municipality hosts a range of programmes aimed at upskilling women in various fields. ?We have approved a framework for Radical Economic Transformation through which we seek to empower womenowned businesses through Municipal contracts. As the political leadership of the Metro, we have directed that 30 percent of all contracts above R30 million be set aside for enterprises owned by women, youth and persons living with disability,? she said. The KwaZulu-Natal proposition was well received by investors who attended the meetings. ?Our mission to the UK has been a huge success. We presented opportunities in the trade and investment sector as well as in the creative industry. The teams will be facilitating further engagement to ensure that we swiftly pursue all identified opportunities,? added Mayor Gumede. From left Umhlathuze Mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Zeph Ndlovu and Richards Bay IDZ CEO Pumi Motsoahae at the Business Council for Africa in London.


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