Commitment to Action

WET-AFRICA ORG Waterway & Environment Transformation

Commitment by

Soul Foundation

In 2009, The SOUL Foundation, parent NGO of WET-Africa.Org, committed to rehabilitating 67km (42 miles) of the endangered Jukskei River, a dangerously polluted dead watercourse in Johannesburg, South Africa. The river catchment houses more than 5 million people, 43 percent of whom are unemployed and living in inhumane conditions. The WET-Jukskei program will create 500 green jobs and nine community-based green enterprises. Estimated to take two to three years, the project will transform this natural resource into clean water and restore its biodiversity, developing a waterway conservancy and eco-tourism green corridor from the source of the Jukskei River to its confluence with the Crocodile River.
The Soul Foundation has established several key partnerships since starting the commitment, including ones with St. John Houghton Johahannesberg, UC Berkeley, the Center for Resource Development, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the University of Witwatersrand. The '1000 Schools & Churches Recycling Campaign and Collection System' was launched in February 2010; and a local, regional and global Roundtable were established in March 2010.





WET-AFRICA ORG Waterway & Environment Transformation



Est. Duration

4 Years

Estimated Total Value






Commitment by

Soul Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Republic of South Africa, Ashoka: Innovators For The Public, Bloomberg L.P., Norton Rose Fulbright, Plastics Federation of South Africa, Recoup, University of California, University Of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Water Research Commission