From 21 to 24 August, TCTA was among numerous entities that participated in this year’s World Water Week conference held annually in Stockholm, Sweden. This global water conference occurs in the last week of August and gathers stakeholders, global leaders and experts from the water sector to discuss strategies to enhance, manage and ensure sustained water provision globally.
Heading the South African delegation was the Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, Judith Tshabalala. Deputy Minister Tshabalala welcomed the South African delegates, including representatives from the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission, Magalies Water, Bloem Water and the Breede Olifants Catchment Management Agency. Joining her were South Africa’s ambassador to Sweden, Bridgette Mabandla, and two winners of this year’s National South African Youth Water Prize Competition: Kelebogile Abrahams and Mahlohonolo Mosia from Emang-Mmogo Comprehensive School in Kimberley, Northern Cape.
During the conference, Ms Tshabalala took part in high-level ministerial panel discussions on global water and sanitation issues. “This provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and foster ongoing collaborations with water specialists, academics and policymakers. South Africa’s involvement in the World Water Week conference is crucial for finding innovative methods to enhance our water and sanitation services,” commented the Deputy Minister.
Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this year’s conference centred on innovation amidst the escalating challenges of global water security. The theme was ‘Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World’, urging global leaders to re-evaluate water management and develop the necessary innovations and governance systems for an increasingly unstable and water-deprived world.
Beyond merely attending, TCTA also promoted its brand with an exhibition highlighting its role in bolstering water security. To further strengthen stakeholder relationships within the water sector and the Department of Water and Sanitation, TCTA sponsored the minister’s cocktail event.