NGO gifts home inmates with bottled water

2018-02-22 06:00
Gift of the Givers’s Ali Sablay delivered litres of fresh water bottles to Ikhaya Loxolo old age home in Gugulethu as part of the organisation’s anti-drought campaign.PHOTOs: voox sonandzi

Gift of the Givers’s Ali Sablay delivered litres of fresh water bottles to Ikhaya Loxolo old age home in Gugulethu as part of the organisation’s anti-drought campaign.PHOTOs: voox sonandzi

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Gugulethu old age home Ikhaya Loxolo was one of 11 institutions that received bottles of fresh water courtesy of the Gift of the Givers last week.

Ikhaya, one of the oldest homes in the township, servicing about 95 physically challenged and frail patients, received 200 5lt bottles of spring water.

Gift of the Givers chief Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said the distribution of bottled water to the centre was in keeping with Gift of the Givers’ continued efforts to bring relief to water depleted areas in the Western Cape.

“Even though it is envisaged that Day Zero is on 9 July, in essence many areas are at Day Zero already.

“Many schools are out of water for days, people are queuing at streams till the early hours of the morning, institutions for the cerebral palsied are in distress as water restrictions are compromising their capability to deal with their patients in a hygienic and humane manner given the complexity of their ailments which requires repeated cleaning and additional water to soften their foods,” he said.

Sooliman said many institutions need to be augmented with bottled water as the occupants are on chronic medication.

“When the supply of water cannot meet essential needs then in reality we are at Day Zero,” he added.

Ali Sablay who delivered the bottles to the centre, said they were committed to support the people of Cape Town and Western Cape in general in this crisis in partnership with the Premier’s office, the City Council, provincial and national disaster management and the SANDF.

“Interventions are in the form of boreholes, water management systems, provision of JoJo tanks and provision of bottled water.

“In December last year boreholes were drilled in Beaufort West providing 300 000 litres per day. Two more boreholes have been drilled at old age homes in Beaufort West that will be functional next week. Drilling at De Doorns is complete, water will be pumped into the municipality reservoir soon. Borehole interventions are being planned for Vredendal, Tous Rivier, Tulbagh, Hantam, Wuperthal, Ceres and various outlying areas,” he said.

Sablay said drilling will commence at schools, hospitals and clinics in and around Cape Town by next week.

In the meantime 60 tons of water has been provided for animals with tons more in transit. Bottled water has been distributed to many institutions in the last week.

“The recipients were ecstatic, clearly there is a crisis and people are in great distress. The relief just to see our trucks arriving was heart rendering. Taps were opened in our presence and not a drop of water was available in many schools,” he said.

The principals don’t have the heart to ask these children to bring bottled water as many of them can’t afford to bring a simple sandwich.

“We already have requests from more than 200 social institutions, schools and clinics for water augmentation. Thirteen truck loads of water have already been brought into the city, arrangements are being made to deliver hundreds of tons more through shipping, rail and road,” he added.

Other places that received bottled water were Turfhall Cheshire Home, Saambou Primary School, Manenberg, SA Legions Old Age Home in Rosebank, C.P.O.A Erica Place, Silverton, Eros Cerebral Palsy School, Manenberg, O.W.L Haven Shelter, Landsdowne, Peak View High School in Bridgetown and Langa Cheshire Home for the physically challenged.

Ikhaya Old Age Home facility manager Nokongama Matiwane said they were very thrilled to receive the water.

“We are very happy and we thank Dr Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers for thinking of us during these testing times,”she said.

She said they have warned the residents about water shortage and they are very co-operative.

Resident Sidwell Mhlaba said it would be very difficult to live without water.

“Our country is in trouble and we must pray hard for rain to come,” he said.

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