03/02/2016

For immediate release

ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

City Helps With Water Relief At Schools

It was a day of jubilation for teachers and pupils at four schools in Ward 58, when Deputy Mayor, Nomvuzo Shabalala accompanied by Municipal officials and representatives from the Al-Imdaad Foundation delivered 1 500 litres of water to them, as a means of offering temporary drought relief.

The schools that each received 375 litres of water include Waterloo Secondary School, Sibonginhlanhla Primary School, Waterloo Primary School and Seatides Secondary School. 

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala thanked the pupils and teachers for their perseverance and dedication to education while working under such difficult conditions. “We all know that the country is facing a drought crisis. We know that the 375 litres of water supplied today, will only offer temporary relief, but we are working very hard to come up with innovate ways that can assist to alleviate the problem and we encourage you to do the same. We are currently negotiating with sponsors to donate jojo tanks that can be used to store rain water,” she said.

Waterloo Secondary School Principal, Viora Mbatha, expressed her gratitude to the Municipality and Al-Imdaad for the support. She recalled the difficulties both teachers and children faced when having to come to school on days when there is no water. “I would also like to thank pupils and teachers for the dedication they have shown. We currently have matric pupils who stay at school until 15h30 on a daily basis for extra classes to ensure that they get good results at the end of the year.” She said that pupils usually brought water bottles from home, but the biggest challenge was that they have no flushing water, which posed a serious health hazard.

Hassen Shezi from the Al-Imdaad Foundation said that their organisation is committed to offering relief to community members in need. “We are happy to be able to offer this kind of assistance today, and will continue to work with the Municipality to bring relief where it is needed,” he said. Shezi emphasised that their organisation’s goal is to better the lives of those less fortunate.

The four schools were identified as having been most affected by the drought within the Municipality.

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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Sisilana on 0313114855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za