[LISTEN] Gift of the Givers needs R23 million to resolve Makhanda water crisis

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers needs R23 million or more to complete drilling in Makhanda as part of its efforts to resolve the town's water crisis.

The organisation has been in the town, formerly known as Grahamstown, since February, providing water to residents and drilling boreholes.

Gift Of The Givers Foundation's chairman and founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says both the east and west regions of the town are affected, with a possibility of water cuts.

He says the crisis could lead to protests. He shares some of what they have done to assist through the borehole project and what more can be done.

By some miracle we found water, almost 200 000 litres a day. We mapped out the different areas, looked at the dams and came up with a plan within a day for the municipality. They said they have no finances at the moment; they were waiting for water to come from the department of water and sanitation.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman and founder - Gift of the Givers

We put special pumps at a school called Ntsika where we can bring out 1.2 million litres of water per day but we can't pump all that water out because of the salt so we designed a special filtration system which cost us half a million rand. We put in jojo tanks.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman and founder - Gift of the Givers

We have put in 15 boreholes already, we still need to put piping from the boreholes.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman and founder - Gift of the Givers

From February until now we have been running Grahamstown [Makhanda].

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman and founder - Gift of the Givers

Sooliman says they met with Minister in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini as well as various other government departments since February with no results.

If this is the response of government in a situation like this, God help us if an earthquake hits us.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman and founder - Gift of the Givers

Click on the link below to hear more from Sooliman...


This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] Gift of the Givers needs R23 million to resolve Makhanda water crisis


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