Gift of the Givers arrives to intervene in Graaff-Reinet water crisis
Humanitarian aid group Gift of the Givers has sent a lifeline to drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
The organisation has sent three superlink trucks filled with water, three water tankers, a drilling machine and its hydrologist, Dr Gideon Groenewald.
The Nqweba Dam has run dry, leaving residents in the area thirsty and desperately scrambling to collect what little water remains in the small town.
Gift of the Givers director Badrealam Kazi says the organisation's teams will supply bottled water as a form of short-term relief.
The organisation will also help the local municipality in its efforts to drill more borehole water.
We're going to drill boreholes in the disadvantages communities at the schools. Dr Groenewald, our hydrologist, has nominated certain schools.Badrealam Kazi, Director of Gift of the Givers
Our drilling team will start drilling from 2pm to make it easier for communities to access water.Badrealam Kazi, Director of Gift of the Givers
Kazi says the Amathole District Municipality and north eastern parts of the Eastern Cape are facing the impact of the climate change crisis.
It's all part of the global weather pattern which has been exacerbated by global warming. We're in the midst of a climate catastrophe.Badrealam Kazi, Director of Gift of the Givers
Listen to the discussion for more details on the relief efforts:
In a last-minute statement issued by the Basic Education Department on Sunday, these pupils should return to school on 8 June only.Read More
The minister was set to give an update on Sunday evening after meeting unions and organisations who wanted re-opening delayed.Read More
If anyone is at high risk of contracting the disease, it's hospital workers. Karl Bremer nurses know how to keep their spirits up.Read More
CoCt's Felicity Purchase details the protective measures in place and urges commuters to be responsible.Read More
The Basic Education Department has gazetted the updated calendar for the 2020 school year.Read More
On World No Tobacco Day, Minister Zweli Mkhize is set to host a virtual meeting amid court action over continued tobacco sale ban.Read More
As South Africa gets ready to move to level 3 lockdown, here are the latest figures.Read More
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula outlined the relaxation of transport regulations under Level 3 of the national lockdown during a media briefing on Saturday.Read More
Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that R200m is now available to help artists and athletes after a financial boost from MECs.Read More
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula held a briefing on rules for the transport sector from 1 June.Read More