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130 000 litres of water now available in drought affected Thaba Nchu and surrounds

Global humanitarian aid organisation, World Vision South Africa has in partnership with Bloemwater and the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality successfully installed 26 Jojo Water Tanks in Thaba Nchu and surrounds as part of its 150-tank/750 000 litres of water project funded by the FirstRand Foundation and other stakeholders. The project was headed by World Vision’s Thaba Nchu Area Development Programme (ADP).

The 26 tanks will provide 130 000 litres to community members residing in Thaba Nchu and surrounding villages and bring critical relief in an area which is still plagued by drought and resultant food shortage. The tanks will be filled regularly by Bloemwater and maintained by the various communities and the municipality. In celebration of the project completion, two water tanks were handed over to the community of Middeldeel village situated outside Thaba Nchu. The ceremony was attended by members of the Mangaung Municipality, Bloemwater, Barolong traditional leaders, World Vision and the community.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bhekimpilo Khanye, integrated ministry director of World Vision SA accentuated the importance of partnership and ownership of the water tanks. These water tanks will cushion our children against the effects of the drought. It is therefore imperative that they have access to the tanks and it is filled with water and maintained.
He added the project would not have been completed on time without the hard work and commitment of the Thaba Nchu ADP and support of the Mangaung Municipality, Bloemwater and the Barolong council.

‘We put a lot of pressure on our ADP and they delivered. These water tanks are not ours but belong to the community and we hope it can bring immediate and much needed relief to the everyone,’ said Kanye.The 5000-litre Jojo water tanks were constructed on ground level concrete slabs and met municipal engineering criteria during quality control and sign off of the installations.

The remaining 124 water tanks are currently being rolled out in KwaZulu/Natal (Ixopo and Umzimkhulu), and Limpopo (Thusalushaka, Kodomela and Giyani) provinces.

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