The Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, which includes drought-stricken Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), has been declared a local state of disaster in February 2019.
The Eastern side of Makhanda, previously Grahamstown, was without water for over a week after the supply from the Fish River scheme to the Glen Melville Dam, whose water level had been low, resulted in sediment being agitated. This outage caused a delay in the municipality’s rush against the clock to avert Day Zero in the opposite end of town reliant on only rain water in the near-empty Settlers Dam.
In spite of the mounting challenges in the face of no rain and limited functional water treatment plants, Gift of the Givers were optimistic that they would achieve a substantial measure of success to assist the residents of Makhanda.
A specialist hydrologist Dr Gideon Groenewald, drilling expert Martyn Landmann and Tim Thompson from Food Consulting Services – nationally accredited water testing specialists – did what had to be done, Gift of the Givers’ Imtiaz Sooliman said.
“The initial phase is three boreholes at Rhodes, one at Settler’s Monument, five at the Waainek Reservoir, four at Botha’s Ridge, two at Ntsika School, one each at the Cathedral, SANDF, Correctional Services and the K9 unit, all with filtration systems.”
In a fantastic collective charitable initiative brought to FCS by Makro & Give of the Givers. FCS was able to assist in this initiative by providing testing services to ensure that the provided water was safe for human consumption.
“Eight boreholes have been successfully drilled thus far. Laboratory test results indicate filtration systems have to be installed to provide safe drinking water. Our experts are on it already. The first filtration system should be on site within a few days,” Imtiaz Sooliman said
Mr Tim Thompson the founder of Food Consulting Services is a Rhodes University Alumni and despite committing his own time and resources to the project, FCS was able to provide our expertise in ensuring that the efforts made by Give of the Givers would ensure a safe supply of water.
A truly inspirational example of charity work through the commitment of industry.