The first water related comic book "The Thirsty Three - the mystery of impure water'
The Water Research Commission (WRC) in collaboration with African Hands for Youth and WESSA recently visited the Morutsi Primary School in Tzaneen where they launched their newly published Comic Book entitled ‘The Thirsty Three – the mystery of impure water’. The WRC has created South Africa’s first water research-focused graphic novel or comic book for wide public dissemination and use. The novel, aimed at children aged 11-15, follows the adventures of the Thirsty Three, namely Royston, Mpho and Steyn, as they uncover the value of clean water and the role played by water science. The first installment of the proposed series includes an introduction to the Water Research Commission as a unique South African organisation, and its function to assist Government in fulfilling its mandate to providing sustainable services to South African communities. It is envisaged that this graphic novel series can go a long way towards sharing the South African water story with a new generation of South Africans in a language that they can identify with. The comic is available electronically on the WRC website and hardcopies can also be order through the web site. Future discussions with the Department of Education is planned to further market and distribute the comic book to learners as part of their curriculum.
Contact: Communications Works Manager, Lani van Vuuren email: Laniv@wrc.org.za