Borehole to benefit kasi schools

2018-03-15 06:01
Heinrich Erasmus from JM Landmann, the company that conducted the borehole, looks on as the water gushes from the earth to service three schools and the community. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Heinrich Erasmus from JM Landmann, the company that conducted the borehole, looks on as the water gushes from the earth to service three schools and the community. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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As much as three Khayelitsha schools will benefit from the new dug bore at Soyisile Primary School in Site B.

On Wednesday, water was extracted from the hole for the first time and will then be treated and be ready for drinking.

This initiative is courtesy of charity organisation Gift of the Givers who are also planning to do the same in another school.

According to the organisations provincial coordinator, Ali Sablay, this is the third school to benefit from this project.

“The first schools we drilled in were in Athlone and Mitchells Plain and we are planning to do the same to another school in Khayelitsha,” he said.

Sablay said that the Soyisile was chosen because it was adjacent to two other schools whop will also benefit from the initiative.

“The pipes will be fitted from here to the two neighbouring schools and also there will be a pipe that leads to a tap for the community to benefit.

Khayelitsha is one of the biggest townships and if day zero becomes a reality a lot of people will suffer so this is one way of approaching that problem,” said Sablay.

He said that it was crucial for them that young children have access to water as well as the community.

Sablay said that the hole is about 25 metres deep and pumps four thousand litres per hour. He said that the exercise cost between R600 000 and R700 000 and it wouldn’t be possible without a donor.

Enter The Foschini Group who funded the project as part of its Community Social Investment drive, with its CSI manager Mymoena Mooradd saying it was the company’s way of giving back.

“Many of our clients and employees are from this area and this is our way of giving back. We want children to do well at school and water is a basic need and will go a long way,” she said.

Mooradd said that the initiative was part of the many CSI projects that they undertake to improve lives .

Mongezi Tshikile, principal, said that they drivers of this initiative were good Samaritans who are a gift from God.

“I am happy and excited by this initiative that will not only benefit my children but other schools and the community.

We are a no fee school and this will go a long way of decreases our water bill. I hope God will bless them so that they can help other schools,” he said.

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