Mpumalanga school wins at national water competition

Benjamin Primary School claimed the third prize at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) national competition known as Baswa Le Meetse.
Benjamin Primary School from Matsulu in the City of Mbombela claimed the only prize for the province in the music category during the DWS Baswa Le Meetse national adjudications held in Boksburg from 21 to 26 September.
The award ceremony was held on 25 September and presided by Deputy Minister David Mahlobo.
“The Baswa Le Meetse (BLM) competition is one of the key projects in the 2020 vision for water and sanitation education programme aimed at enticing the youth to actively participate in the water and sanitation sector, become water ambassadors in their communities and ultimately take up careers in the sector and close the skills gap,” said Mpumalanga Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Themba Khoza.
“The Baswa Le Meetse project targets learners in the grades of the foundation phase in schools and it uses art as a medium to get the message across. Art is recognized as a powerful tool for educating society about water, sanitation, invasive alien plants, health and hygiene, and the protection of water resources. The message is spread across through art forms that include music, drama, poetry, praise poetry and posters,” said Khoza.
One of the winning learners, Zephania Vilankulu said: “I felt very happy when our school name was called as the third prize winners in the music category. Through this competition, I learned that you must always believe in yourself and that dedication is key to achieving your goals and said Vilankulu.