Much needed water arrives in Graaff Reinet

By Doug Mattushek - 02 October 2019Views : 459


The Gift of the Givers foundation ferried in some much-needed water supplies for the drought-stricken town of Graaff Reinet on Tuesday.

The residents of the Eastern Cape town have been without water since the Nqweba Dam dried up due to the lack of rain. The humanitarian organisation rolled into town with a large convoy of aid, which included water tankers, bottled water, Jojo tanks, a drilling machine and hydrologist Dr Gideon Groenewald to oversee the project.

After distributing the water, the team set to task on drilling boreholes for the community.

"We're going to drill boreholes in the disadvantages communities at the schools. Dr Groenewald, our hydrologist, has nominated certain schools," the director of the organisation Badrealdam Kazu told Cape Talk on Tuesday.

Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imitiaz Sooliman, outlined a long-term solution for the crisis.

"The solution lies in developing existing or new boreholes, managing known aquifers, supplying water at a rate that exceeds water use in low lying areas, allowing pumping systems to run effectively and fill high lying reservoirs as a matter of urgency, and drilling boreholes directly in high lying areas if the geography allows that," Sooliman told TimesLIVE.

"Dr Groenewald will deal with these issues."