Drought-stricken Free State towns face long queues and insufficient drinking water

Drought-stricken Free State towns face long queues and insufficient drinking water

Drought-stricken Free State towns face long queues and insufficient drinking water

Residents of Tambo informal settlement in Senekal in the Free State start queuing for water from 03:00 every morning. The town has not had running water since December 14. There are many towns in South Africa that face the same fate due to the current drought – the worst to hit the country since the 1980’s. 260 000 litres of water a day is being sent to Senekal and made available at the water station provided by the municipality. This ...

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South Africa's Water Affairs Minister reveals the scale of the drought's impact on rural communities and measures to alleviate it

South Africa’s Water Affairs Minister reveals the scale of the drought’s impact on rural communities and measures to alleviate it

Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane recently revealed that the drought in South Africa currently affects 173 of the 1 628 water supply schemes nationally, serving approximately 2.7 million households. South Africa is in the fourth consecutive year of drier- than-average weather, with 2015 the most severe. Minister Mokonyane revealed the scale of the effect of the drought and the state of water security in the country. An estimated 6 500 stand-alone rural communities are currently experiencing water shortages. These are ...

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Report: Hippo Water Rollers are Changing Lives in Madagascar

Report: Hippo Water Rollers are Changing Lives in Madagascar

Based on the original report by the Director of Conservation Fusion, Susie McGuire (image above) The dry, spiny forests of Madagascar receive very little rainfall and represent one of the most unique ecosystems of our planet. The lack of water in this area lends to a plethora of rare, adapted wildlife and poses challenges for local people to survive. The need for water requires innovative solutions to improve the livelihoods of the people who call this region home. When the Madagascar ...

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Operation Hunger - Enabling Tax-free Contributions in South Africa

Operation Hunger – Enabling Tax-free Contributions in South Africa

Make a South African Section 18A Contribution: South African corporations and organisations can make tax deductible contributions and receive Section 18A certificates for any amounts donated through our coalition with Operation Hunger, a South African 35 year-old NPO. Who is Operation Hunger? In South Africa, Operation Hunger assists with the distribution and instruction in the use of Hippo Water Rollers while promoting potable water projects for domestic and smallholding food-security production needs, when and where required.

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Ongoing Water crisis in Lusaka's Linda Township despite new water supply

Ongoing Water crisis in Lusaka’s Linda Township despite new water supply

It is a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Lusaka’s Linda Township in Zambia. Normally in such type of weather, streets are expected to be deserted but that is not the case for Linda Township. The streets are dotted with people, young and old, carrying huge yellow and white containers in search of water. This is nothing new for the residents, who trek many kilometres to the nearby farm areas to draw water on a daily basis. If they are lucky, they ...

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Walking a round trip of up to 100 km (62 miles) to fetch water in north eastern Kenya

Walking a round trip of up to 100 km (62 miles) to fetch water in north eastern Kenya

“We’ve all read about how Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. But have you ever read about how people in Mandera, north eastern Kenya, can walk a round trip of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) to fetch water?” Gemma Huma of PracticalAction.org asked this question during a visit to Mandera. She observed that people in this region of Kenya have to walk this unimaginable distance in temperatures of up to 40˚C. It ...

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Nedbank Foundation - bringing clean water to rural South Africans

Nedbank Foundation – bringing clean water to rural South Africans

Nedbank’s Water Stewardship Programme is a bold effort in the right direction – a wholehearted dedication to water, be it scarcity, quality or access. Although, the programme is simply an element of the group’s overall focus on water sustainability concerns, ranging from the 20-year old WWF Nedbank Green Trust (which has, to date, ploughed more than R100 million into over 170 major conservation projects) to the Hippo Water Roller Project (bringing clean drinking water to many thousands of rural South ...

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