Initiative helps out

2016-07-06 06:00
DELIVERING water in Brandfort are from the left Elna Bredenkamp (coordinator), Melané Venter (council member in the Masilonyana Municipality and volunteer) and Tebelo Moremoholo (SAB). Photo: Supplied

DELIVERING water in Brandfort are from the left Elna Bredenkamp (coordinator), Melané Venter (council member in the Masilonyana Municipality and volunteer) and Tebelo Moremoholo (SAB). Photo: Supplied

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BEER GIANT South African Breweries (SAB) is planning further initiatives to assist drought-stricken areas by providing water as part of its disaster relief projects in the central region.

This follows a huge demand for water relief initiatives due to storage dams in the country being at their lowest. The drought has resulted in poor-quality water for consumption in various areas in the central region.

The company recently delivered 31 000 litres of water to the drought-stricken town of Brandfort. The water was donated by Woolworths.

“It’s evident that a collective effort in trying to address drought in our communities is necessary and as a company we will constantly do our level best in contributing to this cause,” said Jaques Koekemoer, general manager at SAB in the central region.

The delivery response to this humanitarian initiative was started by Melané Venter and her sister, Elna Bredenkamp. They initiated the water relief project in January, when the water levels of the Brandfort dam was incredibly low.

The pair volunteered to start the project and asked for assistence on Facebook. The result was overwhelming. According to Venter, a council member in the Masilonyana Municipality, the quality of water was also poor due to the low levels of water in the Brandfort dam. She said that Brandfort’s blue drop status for water was a mere 11,40%. “Although there is some water in Brandfort, the water is not safe for consumption. Our biggest crisis lies with the schools. Some of the schools don’t have water for the learners to drink and sometimes there is no water to flush toilets. I think Brandfort is on its way to be declared a disaster area. The Erfenis Dam only functions on 14% and it is not uncommon to be without water two or three times per week,” she said.

Venter said water restrictions were in place, with residents only allowed 40% water usage from the dam. Water is distributed to schools, old-age homes and to the community in Brandfort. A family can receive an average of 12 litres of drinking water for consumption.

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