LISTEN TO THE WATER
LISTEN TO THE WATER
The journey that water takes from the catchment area to your tap is filled with interesting people and places and these are the stories that are being told by a new podcast series called #ForWaterForLife which launches on Tuesday 8 September.
The series highlights the value and scarcity of water in SA (our most precious resource) and the water heroes and activists behind them. Each of the 12 podcasts features stories that include everything from phosphate mining in the Cape West Coast biosphere to protecting the Cape Flats aquifer to cleaning up Cape Town’s water canals.
Hosted by Gugulethu Mhlungu (editor, TV and radio presenter and writer) and Sekoetlane Phamodi (writer, activist and development consultant), the podcasts delve into topics that include macadamia nuts and nanotech, extracting useful materials from human urine, revitalising the Jukskei River and drilling for groundwater to survive South Africa’s extreme drought cycle.
“#ForWaterForLife is a podcast series highlighting the story, the value and the scarcity of water in southern Africa. We ‘travel’ through South Africa in each episode to meet a guest who has made it their life’s work to protect, preserve and replenish the water supply in our water-scarce country,” says Phamodi.
From indigenous knowledge to cutting edge science, each episode reveals the challenges and insights of geologists, healers, innovators, farmers, organisers and activists as they #listentothewater.
The series will celebrate water and weave through the series of side stories of water’s histories, its sacred functions, its communal memories and its role in enjoying life. By offering these stories of dramatic interventions around the water crisis in the region, the series aims to be aspirational and grip listeners with stories in order to educate and to spur them on to become more active in conserving this precious resource.
Domestic water solutions company, JoJo, has sponsored the podcast, “Water is our most precious resource,” explains JoJo’s MD Grant Neser.
“It is also a resource that is under increasing risk. We can offer storage, filtration and sanitation solutions across the country but we also need everyone to unify and take a very personal responsibility for the water we access and use every day. Our pay off line across all our products and services is ‘for water, for life’ and we hope this series is the start of people truly listening to the water in order to spark behaviour change by positively affecting water saving, recycling and harvesting awareness among listeners.”
JoJo is a home-grown South African success story that started with water storage and the JoJo tank. Today, one of the great South African innovations has grown into a company that offers a full domestic water solution across the country that extends from water storage in a JoJo tank, to rainwater harvesting goods, pumps, water filtration and sanitation solutions.
Listeners are invited to share their thoughts and feedback using the 1min voice note functionality via Instagram DM (@forwaterforlife).