‘Angels’ bring water relief

2016-02-17 06:00
BLOEMFONTEIN’S water angels. From the left are Basie Botha, Ruan Beukes (members of the Ward 25 ward committee), Amelia du Plessis (I Love the Free State), Rossouw Botes (DA council member), Bokkie de Beer (advisory engineer), Edward Liphoko (truck driver) and Victor Mapeshoane (Mangaung Metro). Photo: Supplied

BLOEMFONTEIN’S water angels. From the left are Basie Botha, Ruan Beukes (members of the Ward 25 ward committee), Amelia du Plessis (I Love the Free State), Rossouw Botes (DA council member), Bokkie de Beer (advisory engineer), Edward Liphoko (truck driver) and Victor Mapeshoane (Mangaung Metro). Photo: Supplied

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WATER ANGELS from Gauteng and the organisation I Love the Free State, in partnership with the Omnia fertiliser company and Junior Jack Transport, descended on the City of Roses like a blessing from above on Saturday (13/02), donating 36 000 litres of drinking water to residents who have been without water due to the main water supply pipe to the city bursting twice last week.

This donation was part of 972 000 litres of drinking water this organisation has brought to the Free State this month.

This is according to Christa Strydom of I Love the Free State, who says the organisation plans to deliver 1,5 million litres of drinking water to the Free State by the end of the month. They make use of different transportation companies. “I truly do love the Free State passionately. I was a learner at the Kroonstad Agricultural High School and am currently living in Centurion.”

On Sunday morning (14/02), another 36 000 litres of drinking water that was originally destined for Bloemfontein, was redirected to Steynsrus, since the water supply pipe to the city had been repaired overnight.

Amelia du Plessis, a Bloemfonteiner who is also from I Love the Free State, says people all over Bloemfontein and Mangaung showed incredible gratitude and happiness upon receiving the drinking water. “One only realises then what it truly means to not have water for days on end in the scorching heat.”

Rossouw Botes, a DA member and a man who has distinguished himself as one of the greatest local water angels in terms of service delivery whenever Bloemfontein experiences a water crises, says he could not believe his ears when he received a phone call from Strydom on Friday evening (12/02).

“It was a blessing from above. The woman told me who she was and that three organisations wanted to work together to deliver 72 000 litres of clean drinking water to Bloemfontein. Altogether 36 000 litres would have arrived on Saturday and another 36 000 litres on Sunday.”

Botes said since the main water supply pipe of the Welbedachtdam had been repaired by Saturday evening, he had cancelled the second delivery of water to Bloemfontein, due to the extremely high cost of transportation. “The donated 36 000 litres of drinking water were delivered to Pellissier, the President Brand Primary School and to the Engen Garage in Pellissier Avenue and also to the open space in Pellissier Avenue. Approximately 15 000 litres of drinking water went to residents of Pellissier. From here, the vehicles departed with 21 000 litres of drinking water to the Freedom Square and Namibia informal settlements, where it was distributed.”

Botes says in times when everything is rushed and time and money are everything, it is remarkable to still find organisations that, like good Samaritans, appear from nowhere to help. The water was offered freely to the residents of Bloemfontein and Mangaung, while the organisations incurred costs of thousands of rands for transport.

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