Donated water brings relief

2016-01-20 06:00
REPRESENTATIVES of Operation Hydrate and the Shoprite Group with the community of the Tsheseng Village in Qwaqwa during their water donation.

REPRESENTATIVES of Operation Hydrate and the Shoprite Group with the community of the Tsheseng Village in Qwaqwa during their water donation.

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QWAQWA. – At least 49 280 litres of water were distributed to the community in Qwaqwa on Tuesday, 12 January, thanks to the Shoprite Group and Operation Hydrate.

Two trucks drove from the Tsheseng Shopping Centre, where the community was given five litres each. From there, one truck went to the Elizabeth Roos Hospital while the other one drove on the R47, stopping at various points.

Operation Hydrate was formed by various communities, NGOs, religious groups and companies, with a view to saving lives and easing the suffering of thousands of people.

The festive season was a nightmare for many people in the Free State, the most heavily-affected areas being Qwaqwa, Senekal and Ficksburg.

Parts of Qwaqwa had water as they were being supplied by the Metsi Matsho Dam. A big problem was for those who were getting water from the Fika Patso Dam. According to Vusi Tshabalala, executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, the Fika Patso Dam stopped pumping water on 23 December as levels had dropped below 10%. “We had to pray for rain because the dam was relying on rain and snow,” he said.

He said the dam supplied 40 million litres a day, and it supplied 80% of the areas in Qwaqwa. “We tried to pump water to some areas and the universities, but the remaining water would not last three months. I am happy that Shoprite came on board to help us during this crisis. I am very humbled by their contribution,” he said.

Yusuf Abramjee, a Operation Hydrate activist, said in the week since the organisation had been formed, about 500 000 litres of drinking water had been distributed to parts of the Free State and Eastern Cape.

“We came to Qwaqwa after we had received a desperate call for help as the taps had run dry. What we witnessed in the area was amazing. We hope this small gesture will go a very long way in trying to improve the lives of rural people,” he said.

Marta Mguni (64) said she was happy to get water from Shoprite. “I am very happy because I have been waiting for a truck since 08:00. However, there is nothing we could do because it was no one’s fault that it was not raining,” she said.

The organisation also did the same in Senekal on Thursday (14/01).

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