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Hlengiwe Cele 

 miniSASS demonstration for Italtile in Johannesburg

An easy-to-use river health monitoring tool, miniSASS continues to attract different community groups to initiate campaigns aimed at improving the health of South African rivers. 

At the request of Italtile, the Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with WESSA, demonstrated the use of miniSASS to about 20 people at the Bloubosspruit in Johannesburg on Friday, 9 October 2015.  The Bloubosspruit runs through the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve.  Naseema Elias, the Environmental Officer at Italtile, is to be congratulated for taking the initiative in requesting this awareness and training event. 

According to Elias, Italtile recognises that maintaining high ethical standards is essential to the long-term success and sustainability of the Group. “We are dedicated to being responsible retailers and to minimise the environmental impact of our business and trade” said Naseema, while explaining the drive to learn water quality testing techniques.

Sustainability features within the Italtile Group include focussing on achieving a reduced carbon footprint, improved energy efficiency, water saving, recycled content, local content and the longevity of the products.

Elias further noted that due to the low usage of water within operations, significant savings in water within the Italtile Group will never be achieved. With the understanding that water is a precious resource, the Italtile Group is thus looking outside its operations to enhance water conservation in South Africa. The miniSASS tool, along with the assistance of the WRC, makes for a perfect start to Italtile’s journey in water conservation.

For 2016, Italtile has committed to adopting at least one of the less monitored streams in Soweto and to hosting monthly miniSASS training sessions that will be open for school and community groups.

Contact:  Stakeholder Liaison, Mrs Hlengiwe Cele, hlengiwec@wrc.org.za



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