Wartburg water woes over

A ‘Gift of life’ borehole has been donated by Islamic Relief SA to a small town in KwaZulu-Natal bringing huge relief its residents.

wartburgIn the Natal Midlands, Wartburg’s water woes are to be alleviated by the donation of a borehole.
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Located in the uMshwathi Local Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, Wartburg is a small town located 27km north-east of Pietermaritzburg and 50km south of Greytown.

This small community has struggled with water shortages and interruptions for at least the past 15 years, according to Bongani Mbongwe, the area’s ward councilor.

However, after they ‘received a gift of life’, the Trust Feed community in Wartburg can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to PMB Islamic Relief South Africa, who donated a borehole to the community.

boreholeAt the handover and opening of the borehole, from left are: Sindi Msesiwa ((Islamic Relief SA), Shiraz Ismail (Islamic Relief SA) and Bongani Mbongwe (ward councillor).
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Previously, with only seven municipal water tankers to service 14 wards, the residents would go without water for up to two weeks at a time.

 Mbongwe explains that the sharp population growth in the area has impacted on the availability of services. “The area’s population has increased drastically over the years, which means the demand now far exceeds the supply,” he says.

The ward committee approached Islamic Relief South Africa and asked for their help to alleviate the town’s water woes.

“The organisation did all the fund- raising by themselves and gave us this wonderful donation and we are extremely grateful for their hard work,” Mbongwe says.

Islamic Relief SA head KZN regional fund-raising manager, Shiraz Ismail, says it is the organisation’s focus to help areas that experience problems with water, sanitation and health services.

borehole2The borehole will bring relief to a community that
has been experiencing water interruptions for
15 years. (Illustrative image)
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“We intervened in this area because we want everyone to have clean water, and for their lives to be as normal as possible. The lack of clean drinking water can lead to disease outbreaks.”

Ismail described how the organisation runs a ‘Water 4 Life’ campaign to provide water-scarce communities with boreholes. This is the fourth area out of 18 targeted communities that the campaign has helped so far in the province.

Resident and ward community member Barbara Konny says the borehole will change their lives.

“We have suffered, but now we are happy that we finally have a steady supply of clean water.”


 

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