Drought in South Africa now hopes boreholes will save the situation
Areas hit with drought in South Africa have received a shot in the arm after Awqaf South Africa and Operation Hydrate, in conjunction with the Department of Water and Sanitation together with the Mandela Foundation have promised to drill more than 67 boreholes in drought hit South Africa over the coming months.
The program is part of cerebration of Mandela Month, which involves drilling a total of 95 boreholes as a symbol of the age at which former South African president Nelson Mandela passed away.
Funds set aside
A total amount of US$500,000 has been set aside for the drilling of 67 boreholes in drought hit South Africa. An additional 28 boreholes are scheduled to be drilled later in the year at a total cost of US$212,600.
The four organizations affirmed their commitment to continue assisting and helping drought hit communities in need of water.
“The drought is far from over and these boreholes will go a long way towards providing much needed water to the communities,” the organisations said in a joint statement.
Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister said the department will continue to do its part in addition to supporting humanitarian initiatives that reflect and espouse the values that Nelson Mandela stood for.
“This is a long term and sustainable initiative to show what can be achieved when the private and public sectors work together to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Yusuf Abramjee, from Operation Hydrate, said Operation Hydrate, Awqaf SA together with its partners will continue to keep the spirit of Ubuntu alive for years to come.
He said that the initiative is a reflection of the people’s generosity to generously donate and help the needy adding that it is encouraging to how several individuals and organizations are committed and continue to make a difference and keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive.
He added that all South African should strive to making everyday a Mandela day