DEPARTMENT:WATER AFFAIRS AND FORESTRY PRIVATE BAG X 313, SEDIBENG 942,
WATER FOR SCHOOL'S PROJECT: LIMPOPO PROVINCE
Your letter dated 14 March 2002 refers.
The Department of Water Affairs & Forestry (DWAF) acknowledges and appreciates the Water for School's initiative, which is a valued contribution to the improvement of lives and upliftment of rural communities. Provision of water to schools and communities is a challenge that the Government is facing, hence partnership between Government and Non Governmental Organisations is crucial to ensure that development of rural communities gets the urgent attention required.
The DWAF endorses the Water for Schools Project. It is in line with departmental objectives and it also compliments the Water Education Programme (WEP) that the DWAF, Directorate Water Conservation is implementing.
Water Education Programme is a school's based water awareness programme,
which is aimed at increasing awareness to the youth in schools
The DWAF head office will facilitate a meeting between your organisation
and the WEP regional co-ordinator in the Limpopo province, with the purpose
of exploring a partnership with your organisation. Time frames will be
confirmed with you. Attached hereto are documents that will give you detailed
information about the WEP i.e. (summarised document about the programme,
1999-2000 review report, draft resource pack for educators and South African
Youth Water Prize booklet)
George Mbulaheni Secondary School
Dear Mrs Henry
Grant received from De Beers for water project
On behalf of the learners, staff, Governing Body and parents of this school, I would like to thank you and your organisation for the wonderful helping hand you have extended to us. Without this grant from De Beers we would never have been able to afford to install our own water supply!
The work with drilling the borehole went a little bit slowly after our application because we were waiting to hear if there is someone who can help to fund us. At the school we quite quickly put our R10 000,00 deposit together because we are desperate for water. We paid the deposit to Parkin Air Drills. Then we heard that De Beers was going to help us with the balance of the money. We were so happy.
Parkin Air Drills have now finished the borehole and put 2 x 5000 litre tanks on stands of 4,5m. They have also connected the new system to our ablution block and put 4 drinking taps in the grounds for the learners. The electricity supply to the pump is also connected and working to fill the tanks automatically. We are very, very, happy! Think you!
As you have requested, we send the Grade 12 results to you as soon as they are available
Water on our premises will make our life much easier now. We have been
gathering building material for the past two years to try and erect four
more classrooms. So far we have managed to buy 20 000 bricks. We cannot
wait until the Department helps us because there are too many needy schools
in our Province for the Department to deal with. Maybe we will be able
to do the building at the beginning of next year especially if we can
get a little more help
Our learners are going to be requested to dig a vegetable garden and plant it so that the vegetables can be sold to the surrounding community. The funds from those sales will also go into our building fund.
As we are trying by all means to add to our building fund, we have decided that we will not hold a big celebration party for our new water installation. We feel that any money spent on a party could rather be better utilised for new classrooms. We would, however, like to have a small tea party at school with your company s representatives, so that we can convey our thanks and appreciation personally. Please can you let us know when we can expect a visit from your company so that we can arrange to have representatives from Parkin Air Drills there too on that day.
Thank you again for your generous help so that we may have constant clean water at our school for our learners and staff.