R30 Million to Save Makhanda (Grahamstown)

Gift of the Givers commenced the intervention on 12 February not only to "save" a historic town, but to save the very soul of a society whose life blood revolves around the dynamic Rhodes University, the excellent schools, the Settler's Monument and it's host of outstanding educational and cultural activities, including the current Sci fi event and the Standard Bank Arts Festival. We are here to assist the people, students, farmers, animals and the livelihoods of those from within and without (who come to exhibit their wares during the various fairs). But we can't do this alone. We need the support of government, alumni of Rhodes and the great schools, the exhibitors, the tourists and the country as a whole. "Saving" Makhanda creates a model for saving other areas in our country. Only South Africans can save South Africa. We are in this together. Now is not the time for the blame game, opportunism, electioneering or politicking. It is time for altruism, generosity and co-operation. Makhanda is sinking. We need to act and FAST. Accompany us when we do the distributions and witness the hue of people of all colours, races, cultures and ages, patiently waiting in their thousands to receive that life giving drop of water, the wide smile concealing their deep desperation (some haven't received a drop of water in weeks).

Gift of the Givers specialist hydrologist, Dr Gideon Groenewald, drilling expert, Martyn Landmann and Food Consulting Services (nationally accredited water testing specialists, generously sponsored by Makro) did what had to be done; eight boreholes have been successfully drilled thus far. Laboratory test results indicate filtration systems have to be installed to provide safe drinking water. Our experts (Francois and Yakub) are on it already. The first filtration system should be on site within a few days.

The initial phase is three boreholes at Rhodes, one at Settler's Monument, five at the Waainek Reservoir, four at Botha's Ridge, two at Ntsika School, one each at the Cathedral, SANDF, Correctional Services and the K9 unit, all with filtration systems.

Bottled water, depth of drilling, maintenance and replacement of drilling equipment, water testing, pumps, filtration systems, underground pipes, electrical connections, water tankers, JoJo tanks, labour, logistics and professional expertise is what the R30 million will cover. We expect a yield of 5 million litres of water per day as a conservative estimate for this first phase.

Government, corporates, ALUMNI and those with a historical attachment to "Grahamstown" - it's time to play your part. Contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account Number 052137228, Branch Code 057525, ref. Makhanda. For Section 18A tax benefit certificate send deposit slip to donations@giftofthegivers.org.
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