Active citizenry is needed to overcome the challenges facing the country in helping all residents to realise their human rights, from access to water to equality.
Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Operation Hydrate hosted an open dialogue on the culture of human rights in South Africa at Swartruggens, North West, on Saturday 12 March, after which participants distributed hundreds of litres of water to the drought-stricken community of Borolelo.
Food, clean water and sanitation, education for the youngest members of the community to help them meet their potential – these are the foundations of Joint Aid Management.
In a massive, fast-moving initiative, Operation Hydrate has raised R55-million, enabling it to take almost 28 million litres of water to some of the most parched areas of the country. Corporates, civil society and the government have all joined forces in the three-week old drive.
Rhodes University's Dr Catherine Luyt has made significant improvements to a water testing kit that will allow rural residents to make sure their drinking water is safe to use.