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Borehole water gives Mpumalanga schools life

TWO schools in the Thaba Chweu Municipality near Lydenburg were given a new lease on life when boreholes were drilled by the Crescent of Hope organisation at the behest of Awqaf SA, a local NGO that works towards improving and empowering South African communities. Fazel Ismail from the Crescent of Hope, which does charitable work, approached Awqaf SA when he got news of several schools in dire need of support in the Moremela district, near the famous tourist area of the Blyde River Canyon and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. “The two boreholes we dug at Sekwai High School, and its neighbouring Primary School LL Mohane, are a moving story of the status quo in our country. These schools are within a stone’s throw of luxury guesthouses and five-star tourist facilities, yet they still don’t have proper running water. “At the high school, I observed that the learners were walking behind, and not into, their toilets. When I asked them why they were doing this, they showed me that the school had pit latrines. They were so disgusting and unsafe that the learners told me the bush was a healthier option for relieving themselves. “The school had water tanks in the yard, but I was told that when filled they would only be able to supply enough water for a day,” he said. Ismail said that at the primary school he had been told by a teacher that he was grateful there was bush near the school, as the young learners ...

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DEPUTY MINISTER OF BASIC EDUCATION ENDORSES AWQAF SA SCHOOL BOREHOLES.

The Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr. Enver Surty, accompanied Awqaf SA on a visit to Steenbok and Ekwenzeni Primary Schools in Mpumalanga to officiate at the hand-over of boreholes to six schools in the area. The primary schools, Steenbok, Ekwenzeni, Sizimisele, Mbangwane and Ikwekezi, belong to municipalities, which face challenges in supplying running water to the schools. These primary schools, situated close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders in north-east Mpumalanga, had to end their days as early as 10 am due to potential health threats to learners. Some of the schools, situated in poor areas, even had to buy water, which stretched their already limited resources. The borehole project, commissioned by Awqaf SA and executed by the Crescent of Hope, was kick-started last year when Faizal Essack, a volunteer for both Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope, said he received a call from local MP, Mr AF (Fish) Mahlalela that the schools were in dire need of reliable water supplies. Two schools, Lindani Primary and Memezela High School, received boreholes with the installation of a water tank and a reticulation system that also pumped the water into the municipal supply. The boreholes ensured that the schools had drinkable water, flushing toilets and irrigation for food gardens. In a follow up to the broader Awqaf SA borehole project, Deputy Minister Surty, addressed traditional leaders, municipal representatives, school principals and MP Mr AF (Fish) Mahlalela, saying that in the past year the state had built 600 schools, and had a ...

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Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope offer ‘historic’ outreach

Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope are supporting the elderly in the charming bushveld town Marble Hall, 29km from Groblersdal in Limpopo Province. Forty senior citizens resident at the Loskopvallei Rusoord are beneficiaries of sterilisable mattresses, crockery and kitchen utensils to the value of R70 000. These items were needed for the day-to-day use of the residents but fell outside the budget of the institution. The Loskopvallei Rusoord is a registered non-profit organisation in a historically Afrikaner group area, now open to all senior citizens, even beyond the immediate boundaries of Marble Hall. It is a 24-hour frail care facility that includes medical care and it is compliant with the provisions of the relevant legislation as well as the regulations of the Department of Social Development. Their services include religious support programmes for the elderly, irrespective of faith. The facility also relies on the support of volunteers and specialists like dietitians. Faizel Ismail, co-ordinator of Crescent of Hope, told the media that Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope recognise the opportunity of serving the poor and needy beyond the conventional beneficiary base. “By reaching out to our needy senior citizens in areas like Marble Hall we are broadening the definition of inclusive engagement that nurtures social cohesion,” said Ismail. Crescent of Hope was founded in 1992 during the Somali refugee crisis in Kenya. The organisation’s work is focused on activities such as educational projects and disaster relief programmes. Zeinoul Cajee, CEO at Awqaf SA says, “By reaching out to diverse ...

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Cape Town’s Muslims Pushing Back Day Zero: Awqaf SA’s Water Conservation Project

Cape Town, situated at the foot of Africa, is the southernmost city in a water-stressed region. Graced by a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, Cape Town has always been dependent on its winter rainfall to get through the dry months of October to April. Already victim to drought cycles, the Western Cape – the area surrounding Cape Town – has been hit by three years of below-average rainfall and deepening climate change, exacerbated by the El-Nino-La-Nina effect, the warming or cooling of the Pacific, which impacts on global weather systems. An example of how devastating the drought has been is indicated by average rainfall figures at Cape Town International Airport. Whilst the normal average precipitation per annum has been just over 500mm, this year saw only 120mm rain falling, and the dams reflecting only 30% of capacity at winter’s end. Coupled with political bickering by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which governs the region, and the African National Congress (ANC), which controls national government, the 6 million citizens of the Cape have been the victims. Warnings about Cape Town running out of water due to increasing demands and population densities have been circulating since the 1970s, and more recently, in 1990 and 2007, when it was finally predicted that if something was not done about increasing capacity, the city’s taps would run dry between 2012 and 2015. Running on models that Cape Town would only see its ‘Day Zero’ in 2022, the city authorities did institute ...

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