Source to tap, that's a wrap for Journey of Water
This year’s squad was impressive with the likes of actress Hlubi Mboya, TV anchor Leanne Manas, hip-hop artist Sizwe Moeketsi aka Reason, Kutloano Nhlapo aka Da Kruk of YFM, Miss Earth SA ambassador Rose Mantsho and extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood tackling the journey.
Did their adventure create serious #FOMO for the rest of us at home!
Never fear! Here's what you missed:
Day 1: A 16km hike, soothing water straight from the river and astounding scenery. Here’s the deets.
Day 2: Snake warnings, negotiating fast-flowing streams and even a "poisonous secret"! What’s that about?
Day 3: Sore limbs, fully loaded brains and fresh perspectives. Goodbyes are always hard.
After this life-changing experience, our squad shared what they saw that affected them the most.
Actress Hlubi Mboya
"The water coming out of an abandoned coal mine we visited is so polluted that the cattle won't even drink it. And there is a school on its banks.
Kutloano Nhlapo aka Da Kruk of YFM
"I’ve done many cool things with my life but getting out of my comfort zone and embarking on the #JourneyOfWater is definitely up there."
TV anchor Leanne Manas
"This was so much more than a journey – it was a wake-up call for us all!
Hip-hop artist Sizwe Moeketsi aka Reason
"I had no idea that I was in for a world of lessons about the battle between humans and nature. Call me crazy but the idea of one day possibly spending on a bottle of water, what I normally spend on a bottle of champagne in the club REEEEEEEALLY had me thinking."
Miss Earth SA ambassador Rose Mantsho
"Had a successful 16km hike at the Mabola Protected Environment. Learned a lot about water conservation during the hike. Enjoyed every moment of my #WorldEnvironmentDay."
Extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood
"I washed clothes with some locals living remotely with dogs, goats, horses and cows and I envied them in so many ways. I filled my water bottle directly from the running stream and thought back to when I used to be able to do that in Cape Town’s forests."
6 facts you need to know about your water:
- 50% of the water in our rivers and dams comes from just 8% of our land area
- 18% of South Africans rely on communal taps while 9% of South Africans rely on springs, rivers and wetlands for water
- South Africa receives just half of the world’s average rainfall each year
- 60% of our river ecosystems are under threat
- 98% of South Africa’s reliable water is already allocated
- 8 out of 9 provinces were declared disaster areas in 2016 due to the ongoing drought