Prayers offered for rain

2016-05-18 06:00
DOING it the traditional way. Mateboho Makau, a traditional healer, leads Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, in a ritual during which prayers were offered for rain on the mountain near the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). Photos: Tladi Moloi

DOING it the traditional way. Mateboho Makau, a traditional healer, leads Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, in a ritual during which prayers were offered for rain on the mountain near the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). Photos: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Qwaqwa is one of the places in South Africa that has been hit hard by the drought, and water scarcity is one of the biggest concerns to residents here.

Most of the rivers have run dry and the dam level of the Fika Patso Dam, which reportedly supplies water to about 80% of Qwaqwa, is just below 15%. The Dam only relies on rain and snow for water. The truth of the matter is that the Eastern Free State has received very little rain.

The little rain that has fallen, has not made any difference to the dam level and people here have to stand in long queues to get their portion of water.

With the hope of seeing the situation return to normal, executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Vusi Tshabalala, accompanied by members of the municipality, together with traditional healers and members of different churches, climbed the mountain near the campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) on Wednesday (11/05) to pray for rain and snow.

The ceremony, which saw the traditional healers performing their rituals, and everyone praying together, lasted for about an hour.

The mayor said they were happy with the number of people who had come to pray with them.

He said their municipal area was one of the places that had been hit hard by the drought and that they had gone up to the mountain with a firm belief that God would hear them and that He would pour down his blessing upon them.

“Our people need water. We have been struggling since November last year. We have been lucky because we could still get some water from the Metsi Matsho Dam to give to the people,” he said.

He pointed out, however, that there was a shortage of water trucks.

Mateboho Makau, a traditional healer, said in the past they used to go up the mountains to ask for rain, therefore they had decided to join the municipality in asking God to provide. “I am confident that we would have rain in a few days time. God has never failed us,” he said.

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