School receives borehole through generous donations

Sathie Moodley, chairperson of Kharwastan Civic Association; Umesh Parshotham, CEO of Electric and Pump Services; Mrs Zandile Mbedu, principal of Bhekizizwe Primary School;  Mbongeni Zuma, CEO of Umzansi Youth in Business; Spider Juggernath from the Khawarstan Civic Association; and Babu Baijoo, board member of the Umzanzi Youth in Business.

Through the generosity of the Kharwastan Civic Association (KCA), Umzansi Youth in Business and local business, Electric and Pump Services, the Bhekizizwe Primary School in Sweetwaters finally has much needed water to use ablution facilities via a borehole.
The school was identified as a beneficiary recently as part of the drought relief programme which is an initiative by the Kharwastan Civic Association from Chatsworth.
The school presently has 611 learners and 17 educators who are very grateful for the donation. Mrs Zandile Mbedu, principal of the Bhekizizwe Primary School, said the irregular supply of water was a challenge for their school and community.
“ Without water it is difficult to use the ablution facilities and cook meals. Our school and community are very happy to be chosen as the recipients for this borehole initiative. Although the water is not drinkable yet, we have started a vegetable garden to sustain our school lunches provided to learners. We thank all the role-players for their generosity.”
Sathie Moodley, chairperson of KCA, said the organisation embarked on a fundraising drive in the community.
“We raised R40 000 that we donated to a deserving beneficiary. We were informed by a friend of the need for water at the Bhekizizwe Primary School and decided the best way to help them was by arranging for a borehole to be dug on the school premises. The next step is to purify the water to make it drinkable. The water is currently being used for the ablution facilities. We thank the Chatsworth community for their generous donations towards this fundraising initiative and we are ecstatic to see so many children benefit as a result of our community’s generosity.”
Mbongeni Zuma, CEO of the Umzanzi Youth in Business, said their organisation identifies schools and communities who had a dire need for specific resources and they then partnered with various organisations that could assist. He said Bhekizizwe Primary School faced challenges with their water supply due to their location, “For weeks, the school and community would be without water. Our organisation, that facilitates empowerment projects, introduced the school to KCA.”
Local businessman, Umesh Parshotham, of Electric and Pump Services was involved in the drilling and provision of the equipment required for the pump used in the borehole.
“We heard of this initiative and decided to help. As part of our social responsibility, we are always giving back to the community,” said Parshotam.

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Keroshini Paltu

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