8 simple ways to save water at home – South Africa

water shortage in Gauteng

The City of Johannesburg scheduled maintenance for the installation of a large valve, which will result in a major pipeline being shut down. While we may not experience a complete water shut down, residents are still urged to use water sparingly due to the limited amount of water in the reservoirs.   

As many of you know, last year the City of Cape Town had implemented high-level water restrictions due to some serious water shortages. A large number of residents and communities were affected by these shortages, some still suffering the consequence to this day.

So, it is imperative to raise awareness on how we can all save water from our homes. Even if you haven’t experienced any water shortages in your area, the below tips will not only help us but also future generations.

Here are 8 easy tips on how you can save water from your home and help prevent the possible water shortages in Gauteng:

1. Reduce your shower time

Many of us use the shower time to do our best thinking (proof) and relaxing. However, many of us don’t know that reducing your shower time to just 5 minutes or less can save up to 21 000 litres of water a year!

2. Fix leaks!
A leak in a pipe or a dripping tap can waste tens of thousands of litres of water a year, so be sure to check and fix every leak that you find. Also, teaching your kids how to tightly close the tap wherever they go helps a lot.

3. Brush your teeth with the tap off
By switching off the tap or shower when you brush your teeth, you save up to 6 litres of water per minute. The same goes for shaving.

4. Using grey water
Grey water is pretty much any used water in your household apart from toilets. Its relatively clean water and usually comes from your baths, sinks, washing machines, showers, and other kitchen and bathroom appliances. Grey water can be used to water your plants and flush your toilets.

5. Water your Garden at night or early morning
The sun evaporates water pretty quickly and this causes you to use more for your plants. By watering your garden at night or early morning you can save up to 100 litres of water each time. Additionally, you can use the time to wash your car, outdoor furniture or pets.

6. Recycling
Not only does it help the environment but by recycling plastics from your home, you are reducing the need for companies to produce more. Less plastic production equals to less water used for said production.

7. Water meter
Having a water meter helps you see how much water your household uses on a daily basis and how much you are spending per month. This can motivate you to waste less water and therefore save more money.

8. Wash clothes and dishes when the load is full
Unless you absolutely have to, try not to wash your clothes and dishes when there is only half a load. Be sure to fill up your washing machine and dishwasher before washing.

While these are my top 8 tips and ways to save water, there are many more ways that could specifically work for your household. Be sure to monitor your water usage and see where you could save and improve. Not only does it save water but also the costs that come with it. Also, educating your peers and children with what you have learned goes a really long way.

What to watch on Netflix South Africa 2019

The start of winter is upon us and so is the need to stay at home and binge movies and series. It’s easy for us to choose our favourite spot on the couch but the same cannot be said for choosing what to watch. With the growing unpopularity of DSTV, from high prices to the latest DSTV Now Error 500, we can safely say that Netflix is the go-to streaming option for South Africans.

Below is our Top 12 of what to watch on Netflix this winter:

When They See Us

IMDB 9.1/10


IMDB 8.2/10

Black Mirror

IMDB 8.9/10

Murder Mystery

IMDB 6.1/10

Love, Death & Robots

IMDB 8.7/10

Bad Blood

IMDB 7.4/10

The Blacklist

IMDB 8.1/10

Tiny House Nation

IMDB 7.5/10

Brooklyn Nine Nine

IMDB 8.4/10

Breaking Bad

IMDB 9.5/10

Peaky Blinders

IMDB 8.8/10

Nailed It

IMDB 7.4/10

Enjoy our top 12 of what to watch on Netflix this winter! We will be updating the list later this year, with the latest offerings from Netflix South Africa.

Learning for FREE in South Africa

Study for Free


Not everyone has the opportunity to attend university in South Africa, from financial barriers to poor academic performance, there are many factors involved.  These conditions used to be the final call on whether you achieve a higher education or not. Today, however, we have the biggest advantage to bypass these factors – The Internet.

We live in the Age of Information, where we have access to endless amounts of knowledge right at our fingertips. So, what better way to utilize this power than to learn all you can – for FREE!

From personal growth to digital marketing, the opportunities and free learning materials available are virtually endless. All you need is a digital device (yes, your phone counts) and a stable internet connection. Below is a list of the most popular and accredited free courses and learning tools that might interest you: