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2015-05-05 06:00


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For many living in informal settlements, winter brings with it stressful challenges as heavy rains flood low-lying areas. The situation is exacerbated by unstable and porous roof structures which cause internal leaks.

A Johannesburg-based community donor observed the plight of those living in these conditions and saw an opportunity to help those in need. Ismail Moola was appointed by the anonymous sponsor to facilitate the installation of 100 Ikaya roof covers in the Egoli informal settlement in Schaapkraal. NGO Mustadafin Foundation will be providing the logistics of installing and maintaining the covers.

The 4m x 4m waterproof covers are made from Tarpaulin/PVC and are 650g thick, making them the most durable roof covers used to date. Not only are they heat repellent in the hot summer months, but they also insulate shacks in winter while keeping its residents dry.

Ameer Samsodien, a project leader at Mustadafin Foundation who helped research and implement the project, say they are grateful for the support received.

“We are so grateful for the support of our donors and through their generous donation we were able to install 100 Ikaya roof covers at this stage at a cost of R100 000. With proper care, the covers will last about five to six years, and we hope to install many more in the coming months when further funds come in,” Samsodien says.


If you would like to donate to the Ikaya roof covers initiative contact the Mustadafin Foundation on 021 633 0010. V

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