SABRINA DEAN – Free State women will be honoured for their contributions in the water sector during the provincial leg of the annual Women in Water Awards in Clarens today.
Free State water and sanitation spokesperson Kido Thoabala says the winners in four separate categories will go on to represent the province during the national awards ceremony in North West later this month.
She says the awards are about providing recognition, as well as encouragement. "The department tries to appreciate and recognise the good work done by women and the importance they play in the water sector," she says.
Thoabala says they also strive to recognise women for the patience they show in working under difficult conditions without resources. "We also want the community to learn about good water practices and change their attitudes for the better," she says.
The categories are water conservation, adopt-a-river, education and awareness, and community development.
The awards will be presented by Dihlabeng Mayor Tjhetjani Mofokeng and provincial water and sanitation head Tsheliso Ntili.