Woman's water initiative gets overwhelming response

2015-12-28 18:22
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Johannesburg - A Middelburg woman has started an initiative to get holiday travellers to take water to areas that have not seen much rain in recent times.

Caroline van Saasen, a 46-year-old who works as a secretary at the Middelburg Chamber of Commerce, says she started the initiative on Sunday evening.

"I just thought that if nobody starts, how will the problem ever get solved?" Van Saasen told News24.

She created a Facebook group called Waternood Suid Afrika/Water shortage South Africa and within seven hours, word had spread and the group had grown to over 400 members from across the country.

"I’m a member of the Boere in Nood Groep Facebook group and some people said that the water shortage has become so bad that some of their calves have died. They also asked people in what areas rain is needed, which gave me an indication of where to start," Van Saasen said.

So far she has organised eight people who have agreed to manage certain points where people are welcome to drop off water that will then be given to those desperately in need of it.

Making a difference

The mother of three said she just wanted to help people get access to pure water and to make a difference, even in the tiniest manner.

"It’s not just farmers who have it tough, but there are a lot of black communities in surrounding areas who also need water. Therefore, we need to get as many people as possible to manage the points where people could deliver and receive water."

People in Welkom, George, Colesberg, Postmasburg and Hoopstad, between the North West Province and Bloemfontein, have so far committed to help her.

According to her Facebook page, they have identified the following areas as possible targets to deliver water: Welkom, Kroonstad, Hoopstad, Bothaville, Bloemfontein, Viljoenskroon, Parys, Villiers, Harrismith, Bethlehem, Edenburg, Aliwal North, Colesberg, De Aar, Prieska, Kimberley, Upington, Vryburg, Lichtenburg, Mahikeng, Newcastle, Vryheid and Greytown.

She has asked that anyone heading to one of these places, and willing to donate a bottle of water or two, make contact with her on the Facebook page.

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