Water tanks bring relief

2016-05-04 06:00
PULE MLAMBO, Bloemwater’s manager of communication and marketing, watches delighted residents, young and old, taste water from one of the 26 Jojo tanks delivered to drought-stricken villages in Thaba Nchu. Photo: Supplied

PULE MLAMBO, Bloemwater’s manager of communication and marketing, watches delighted residents, young and old, taste water from one of the 26 Jojo tanks delivered to drought-stricken villages in Thaba Nchu. Photo: Supplied

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THE successful installation of 26 Jojo water tanks in drought-stricken areas within the Thaba Nchu jurisdiction has come as a relief to scores of residents.

The tanks project is a partnership with the global humanitarian aid organisation World Vision South Africa, Bloem Water and the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

The 150 tank/750 000 litres of water project is funded by the FirstRand Foundation and other stakeholders.

The initiative makes available 130 000 litres of drinking water in the drought-affected village within Thaba Nchu, which is still plagued by drought.

The project is headed by the World Vision’s Thaba Nchu Area Development Programme (ADP).

The tanks will be filled regularly by Bloemwater, maintained by the various communities and the Mangaung Municipality.

In accordance with the project, two water tanks were handed over to the community of the Middeldeel Village located outside Thaba Nchu.

The 5 000-litre Jojo water tanks were constructed on ground level concrete slabs and met municipal engineering criteria during quality control and sign-off of the installations.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Mangaung Municipality, Bloemwater, Barolong traditional leaders, World Vision and the community.

Bhekimpilo Khanye, integra­ted ministry director of World Vision South Africa, accentua-ted the importance of partnership and ownership of the water tanks.

“These water tanks will cushion our children against the effects of the drought. It is therefore imperative that they have access to the tanks and it is filled with water and maintained.”

He added the project would not have been completed on time without the hard work and commitment of the Thaba Nchu ADP and the support of the Mangaung Municipality, Bloemwater and the Barolong council.

“We put a lot of pressure on ADP and they delivered. These water tanks are not ours, but belong to the community and we hope it can bring immediate and much-needed relief to everyone,” said Kanye.

The remaining 124 water tanks are currently being rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

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