The Vodacom Executive Director: CSI, Mthobi Tyamzashe, says: "Many companies like ours have a responsibility to help, as far as they can, to bring relief to communities in their daily struggle to access some of the basic services required by their families. The fact that Muyexe has been identified by government as one of the priority areas in the region illustrates the effectiveness of private-public collaboration in the optimal allocation of scarce resources. We are pleased to play a small part in alleviating the burden, especially of women and children, to secure these basic needs."
Muyexe is an impoverished area in the greater Giyani municipality in Mopani district, one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged settlements in South Africa. Poor infrastructure such as roads, water supply, sanitation and no electricity supply makes daily life for its residents a grim battle for survival.
Access to water is one of the biggest problems in the village. Currently, water is sourced from privately-owned boreholes, forcing people to buy this essential resource. To this end, eighteen boreholes have been drilled by the Department of Water Affairs. The community still has to go to the nearest village to fetch water or buy from people who sell water in 25-litre containers.
The Hippo Water Roller is able to carry four times more water than a bucket, with significantly less effort needed to transport it. It improves lives of individuals and families, saving time and energy, while improving hygiene and the health of the entire community, and making a crucial resource more easily accessible.