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Water Indaba inspires youth

Director of Water Affairs, Makhosi Khoza delivering a keynote speech during the Water Indaba at Hilton Garden Inn.

By Siphesihle Dlamini

Eswatini Youth in Water Indaba reviewed important dynamics of water resources and inspired the youth to participate in water resource management.

Held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, the event saw notable speakers making interactive presentations on different water resources management-related topics. Keynote speaker, Director of Water Affairs, Makhosi Khoza lauded the youth’s development and knowledge in as far as water resource management is concerned.

He said he is happy with the enthusiasm portrayed by the youth in becoming knowledgeable about water resource management and their response to climate change. “This change has compelled us to have alternative methods to conserve water,” said the director. His speech also touched on ways to sanitize water. He further said he is honored to learn about the youth’s initiatives to develop the water sector. He also stated that the youth is the future generation of the water sector.

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Joint River Basin Authorities Operations Manager, Takhona Dlamini delivered her speech which focused on water management in Eswatini. She took attendees through the water policy of 2019 and the Legislative provision for water sustainability. She also highlighted the problems faced by the water sector in Eswatini. She further said one of the problems faced by the sector is water governance. She added that the sector has been encountering climate change-related problems like drought and water scarcity.

Presenting about adaptation technologies for a sustainable future, Global Water Partnership National Project Manager Nqobizwe Dlamini classified three types of adaptable technologies. He mentioned hardware technologies which are physical infrastructure and technical equipment on the ground like water storage systems.

He also said software or soft technologies like knowledge transfer and building skills are necessary for adaptation. He added that cogware which are organizational technologies such as organizational and institutional arrangements are necessary for the successful implementation and sustainability of adaptability solutions.

The gathering also addressed a range of topics including economic aspects of water, and a panel discussion. The discussions addressed the UN Water Conference 30-30-30, and support for youth development.

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