Zingela Ulwazi is honoured to host the blog for Changing Practice, a coalition of activists who participated in an 18 month course.
Following a successful two year Changing Practice course with participants from the South African Water Caucus, 2017-2018 saw EMG’s Water and Climate Change programme, in partnership with Rhodes University’s ELRC and AWARD, running a Changing Practice course with water activists from throughout the Olifants River Catchment, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
What really made this course exciting was that it brought together activists from throughout a single catchment – the Olifants catchment – and although all of the organisations represented focus on a diverse range of issues, they are deeply connected through the shared river they are all striving to protect.
Jane Burt, the course facilitator, describes the group as ‘deeply passionate, committed and doing incredible work’. They have all already been participating in the CSO Indabas hosted by AWARD. The organisations represented by participants on the course are Action Voices, Come-Act, CULISA, Itumeleng Youth Project, Khulumani Support Group, Mpumalanga Water Caucus and Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network.