AFTER years of drinking with cattle, the community and pupils of Icabane Primary school sang praises to the Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA), local businessmen and humanitarian Selvan Chetty, for the provision of fresh bore-hole drinking water.IRSA has been assisting many communities in KwaZulu-Natal, drilling over 18 bore-holes in the rural areas, where in times of drought or water shortages, people living in the rural areas are always forgotten. Leader of the bore-hole project and programme director at the handover ceremony held at Icabane Primary Sports field on Tuesday, Iqbal Khan, said four schools have benefited from this project, in the Ugu District. Khan said that three other bore-holes have been constructed — two in Harding and another in Umdoni.Khan said that the support and dedication from the local business owners of Lucky’s, Bargain Wholesale, Coastal Bedding and Ray Nkonyeni Mayor Nomusa Mqwebu, who was the face of the project and Chetty were amazing.“The contribution we received in Ugu to make these bore-holes was more than half a million rand, this is the most contribution we have ever received, since the start of this project. We are urging the community to make sure that the bore-hole is taken care off and that no vandalism will reported. This project belongs to them and they should be responsible,” said Khan.Khan emphasised how Chetty was a pioneer in steering this project and wished him, the mayor and the local businesses a fruitful relationship in more projects to come, especially in restoring human dignity.Icabane Primary School has had no running water for decades, relying on grey water, from the rain into the tanks. The school principal Simphiwe Chiliza said that he extends his gratitude to all the stake holders.“We will take ownership of our bore-hole, we thank all the stakeholders for their generosity, our school days will never be the same again,” said Chiliza.Speaking on behalf of the Department of Education, Meryl van Wyk said: “The importance of water is only realised when there is no water, today, we know the importance of water because water is being provided. These bore-holes are an upliftment to the community and as the department, we would like to thank everyone involved in the project for taking the initiative.” The Mayor said that the bore-holes will serve to curb the backlog in the community.“The backlog in rural communities is too much, water, roads, housing and electricity. If government works closely with the private sector and local businesses, we can eradicate this backlog. I am grateful to be part of this project and I will always be available to assist any many more of its kind. Thank you IRSA,” Mqwebu said.