- Farmers, businesses and residents came together to buy and install a pump needed to supply the town with water
- The community is also fixing leaks and installing JoJo tanks
- The Maluti-a-Phofung has failed to deliver water to the community, infringing on the basic right to water
The troubled Harrismith community in the Free State came together in a time of need to ensure that all its citizens had access to water.
Appearing to have no other choice, a group of farmers, businesses and residents, took matters into their own hands and, at their own expense, bought and installed a pump which will now bring water to the town from the Nuwe Jaar Spruit.
Within two days, a much-needed quarter of a million litres of water has been delivered to the area, thanks to the community’ initiative.
The group also placed JoJo tanks around town and in rural areas so that water can be collected freely.
A team has also been put together to search the area for leaking pipes and other problems, to ensure the limited water supply is not being wasted.
Nestle Co have also been fixing and maintaining infrastructure responsible for bringing water and electricity to the town.
The Harrismith community have been neglected by the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality and since November 2018, less than half of the necessary amount of water has been provided to residents in the area. Farmers have had to use tanks to supply water and business have been struggling.
The crisis is the result of mismanagement of funds and corruption during a time of water scarcity and drought.
Farmers in the area, Petrus van Eden, Willem de Konig, Jan van Heerden and Johan Bruyn were thanked by their community for spearheading the initiative and using their position and access to resources to help solve a major problem, taking the responsibility to restore water supply to the community.
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