School’s tanks are full of joy

2017-10-17 06:00
Learners and staff of HJ Kroneberg Primary School in Kensington welcomed the water tanks donated by a Maitland-based company.PHOTO: NOmzamo yuku

Learners and staff of HJ Kroneberg Primary School in Kensington welcomed the water tanks donated by a Maitland-based company.PHOTO: NOmzamo yuku

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There is joy for a local school as a company has donated two water tanks to help it save water during the drought.

HJ Kroneberg Primary School in Kensington did not have the means to store rainwater before to use it for gardening and other watering needs at the school which resulted in the school’s vegetable garden suffering throughout the drought.

The Labscheme company based in Maitland donated tanks that can store up to 350F each.

Johannes Liebenberg, the company’s operations manager, says they realised the school was trying to play a role in saving water and saw it fit to donate the tanks. He says they believe that everyone should play their part in saving water. With the initiative shown by the school, the company could meet them halfway.

Liebenberg says this is the company’s attempt to encourage learners and members of the community to continue saving water and to take advantage of natural water.

He says: “With the current situation no-one knows how long it is going to take before things get back to normal. Every drop should count. As business people in the community we have built a relationship with the school and we know the challenges they have and we try to help where we can. Businesses are part of the communities they operate in, so they should also play a role in making a positive impact, which is what we are doing.”

School principal Yul Cupido says the tanks came to their rescue as the school had resorted to taking a break from growing vegetables at the school because of the water crisis.

“We did not have any means to save water before. Our garden helps with our school nutrition, so the learners were mostly affected by the situation. We are very grateful for the tanks,” he says.

Cupido says the water from the tanks will mainly be used for the garden and other school maintenance, not for drinking as they believe it would be unsafe because the roof is unhygienic and there is a scarcity of rain at the moment. The tanks remain locked and learners cannot access the water.

Sine Knowledge, a learner, says he is happy about the tanks because it means they will have fresh vegetables in their meals again. He says as learners they always hoped that the school would be able to plough again, but they understood when it was explained that there was no water for the garden and the school needed to save water.

Thabo Gqiba, another learner, says he is glad the school has taught them to save water because they can now also help out at their homes. He says he had no problem with not having fresh vegetables because saving water is more important since without it there is no life.

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