Community’s ‘no water’ problem over

2017-12-06 06:01
At the handover and opening of the borehole (from left) Sindi Msesiwa ((Islamic Relief SA), Shiraz Ismail (Islamic Relief SA) and Bongani Mbongwe (ward councillor).PHOTO:lethiwe makhanya

At the handover and opening of the borehole (from left) Sindi Msesiwa ((Islamic Relief SA), Shiraz Ismail (Islamic Relief SA) and Bongani Mbongwe (ward councillor).PHOTO:lethiwe makhanya

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AFTER many years of water shortages the Trust Feed community in Wartburg are now breathing a sigh of relief.

They were donated a borehole by PMB Islamic Relief South Africa last Tuesday and said they have “received a gift of life”.

They would go without water for up to two weeks at a time with only seven municipal water tankers to service 14 wards.

Bongani Mbongwe, the area ward councillor, said they’ve been experiencing water interruptions for 15 years.

“The area’s population has increased drastically over the years, which means the demand now far exceeds the supply,” he said.

He said the ward committee approached Islamic Relief South Africa and asked for their help.

“The organisation did all the fund- raising by themselves and gave us this wonderful donation and we are extremely grateful for their hard work,” he said.

Islamic Relief SA head KZN regional fund-raising manager Shiraz Ismail said it is the organisation’s focus to help areas that experience problems with water, sanitation and health services.

“We intervened in this area because we want them to have clean water, and for their lives to be as normal as possible. The lack of clean drinking water can lead to disease outbreaks.”

Ismail said they run a “Water 4 Life” campaign to provide water-scarce communities with boreholes.

The Trust Feed was the fourth area they have helped out of the 18 they have identified in KZN.

Resident and ward community member Barbara Konny said the borehole will change their lives.

“We have suffered, but now we are happy we finally will have a steady supply of clean water.”

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