Yesterday, two hundred Hippo Water Rollers were handed over to the Seoding village, just outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape. The timely donation of rollers was met with much appreciation by the community as although it had rained a little, the dams were still dry and water access is limited. The 200 rollers were generously sponsored by AEL Mining, a subsidiary of AECI.
Operation Hunger played a big part in the organisation of the handover and were responsible for the introduction to the community and identification of the beneficiaries. The Mayor’s representative, David Mabudi, was present at the handover and made a speech where he spoke highly of the initiative and the impact it would have in the community.
85 year old Mrs MasegoTagane was the oldest lady at the handover and was the first of many delighted villagers to receive a 90l Hippo Water Roller from AECI/AEL Mining representative, Nic Dreyer.
The Sedibeng Water Board in the North Cape region was represented by Maruping who communicated their enthusiasm in regards to the technology of the Hippo Roller and how it appropriately addressed the needs of the community. The Department of Social Services, “Home Based Carers” helped to identify and prioritize the beneficiaries.
Overall the handover was a great success; there were many happy faces from both the recipients and the distributors and a great day was had by all. Although the rollers were received with much joy and gratefulness it is clear that many more rollers are needed to meet the ongoing battle against water scarcity.