A new podcast series called #ForWaterForLife launched today on Iono.fm  Spotify  Stitcher Apple  iTunes  The JoJo website  The 12 podcasts feature stories about water across South Africa, and the water heroes and activists behind them, from phosphate mining in the Cape West Coast biosphere to cleaning up Cape Town’s water canals.

Hosted by Gugulethu Mhlungu (editor, TV & Radio presenter and writer) and Sekoetlane Phamodi (writer, activist and development consultant), the duo delve into topics that include macadamia nuts and nanotech, extracting useful materials from human urine, revitalising the Jukskei, and drilling for groundwater to survive South Africa’s extreme drought cycle.

Gugulethu-Mhlungu Mhlungu (left) is a co-host of Breaking Dawn – a daily show on Newzroom Afrika and mentor on SABC 1’s One Day Leader youth development show. Sekoetlane Phamodi is an activist with a decade’s experience as a writer, feminist movement builder and campaigner for human rights.

“#ForWaterForLife  is a podcast series highlighting the story, the value and the scarcity of water in southern Africa” says Phamodi, “We ‘travel’ through South Africa in each episode, to meet a guest who has made it their life’s work to protect, preserve and replenish the water supply in our water-scarce country.”

From indigenous knowledge to cutting edge science, each episode reveals the challenges and insights of geologists, healers, innovators, farmers, organisers and activists as they #listentothewater.

Domestic water solutions company, JoJo, has sponsored the podcast, “Water is our most precious resource,” says JoJo’s MD Grant Neser, “It is also a resource that is under increasing risk. We can offer storage, filtration and sanitation solutions across the country: but we also need everyone to unify and take a very personal responsibility for the water we access and use every day. Our pay off line across all our products and services is ‘for water, for life’ and we hope this series is the start of people truly listening to the water in order to spark behaviour change by positively affecting water saving, recycling and harvesting awareness among listeners.”

Details on the series:

  • Podcasts will be released today and the following 11 Tuesdays.
  • Listeners are invited to share feedback using the 1min voice note functionality via Instagram DM @forwaterforlife.
  • The series will weave through stories of water’s sacred functions, communal memories and role in life.
  • The series aims to educate and entertain listeners with stories about dramatic interventions, and the journey that water takes from the catchment area to your tap.
  • What happens when we #listentothewater?

JoJo is a home-grown South African company that offers full domestic water solution across the country: from water storage in a JoJo tank, to rainwater harvesting goods, pumps, water filtration and sanitation solutions.