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The investment into the WWF-SA’s water projects has seen the permanent employment of South Africans and a shift in the water table within struggling areas.


South Africa (06 September 2022) – When big companies join hands with organisations wanting to make real change, change happens! Sanlam invested in the WWF South Africa’s projects to address the water crisis in the Western Cape, and now, years later, change is being felt.

When the drought hit the Western Cape, everyone rallied to work through it. For the WWF, changes in catchment areas would need to be made and supported continuously. The goal was to see the remarkable impact of alien invasive clearing on the city’s water supply.

Through this project, hundreds of people were employed, and all the invasive plant species draining the already low water supply were dealt with. Now the project sees the permanent employment of many people who keep the invasives away from our vital water sources. Without Sanlam’s involvement, this project may not have had the exceptional impact it has had to date.

“At Sanlam we imagine this every day, and we work tirelessly to deliver on our purpose of helping South Africans live with financial confidence. We know this starts with real, meaningful stewardship and initiatives,” Nozizwe Vundla, Head of Sanlam Foundation

These initiatives with the WWF-SA demonstrate how purposeful engagement from a committed corporate citizen is delivering positive progress and changing lives at scale.

Justin Smith, the Head of Business Development at WWF-SA, explains how Sanlam has supported the organisation to develop real solutions to environmental challenges starting with marine conservation but adapting and adopting the freshwater space as well.

By addressing the socio-economic challenges, climate change and alien invasive species that are wreaking havoc on the water supply and WWF has even been able to adjust its ability to manage fire risks in these areas too.

An investment, in nature, is an investment in South Africa’s future, and that is something every citizen can celebrate. These causes make all the difference when drought sets in.

Sources: SA INC
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