behind the curtain splash water saving mascot

Spoiler alert: she looks NOTHING like SPLASH.


Keep a look out for the new Cape Town water mascot Wanda the water warrior who is making her way around the Western Cape visiting selected Schools & educating learners with water saving tips.

The original mascot for saving water in Cape Town was revealed a few weeks ago but instead of a round of applause, his reveal was met with sheer terror… which reverberated around the world.

The concept of Splash was meant to be a friendly face but thanks to a bad design job, his face comes across as incredibly creepy. That inspired the idea of the mascot being introduced to scare people into saving.

Massive International news publications like the Daily Mail and Mashable reported on how scary the new water saving Mascot looked.

But luckily we have an upgrade!

The new mascot was revealed by Active Education, a company founded in 1994 by Bruce Smuts which specializes in school sports coaching. They train coaches to run physical education lessons, provide extracurricular and age-group team coaching as well as organising sports days, tournaments and festivals.

120 full-time coaches work in over one hundred government and private schools around the country. 

They regularly partner with companies for once-off sport-based activations and long-term community initiatives. These projects usually also include life skills instruction and HIV awareness using sport as a vehicle for instruction.

This time, ‪Active Education have partnered with Shell & DBESA to create Wanda, a new water saving mascot who will be in the Western Cape during March doing Water Saving Talks at selected schools.

And the reception to Wanda has been incredibly positive. Seems a smiley penguin teaching kids about water is a great way to share the message!

Sources: Active Education
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