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New water stations for K’fontein residents

Over 110 000 Wallacedene, Bloekombos and Scottsdene residents will soon benefit from emergency hand washing stations that will be installed in the area.

Non-profit organisation Save Our Schools (SOS NPO) plans to install 14 (5 000F) water tanks.

The installation of these 14 stations is said to create jobs to 14 locals who will monitor, manage, and sterilise the tanks, to ensure they remain clean, filled with fresh water, and ensure liquid soap supplies are replenished.

Over the past two and a half years, the organisation has been assisting Bloekombos residents with alternative water solutions.

On Friday 15 May, Masibambane Secondary School was the first to have its water station launched.

“With schools planning to re-open on Monday 1 June, we knew that many schools in the community would struggle with the sanitation and hygiene requirements to keep learners safe and protected from Covid-19. We had already planned the project a week before the lockdown in March and with the help of funding from Danish commercial foundation, Poul Due Jensen Foundation, we were able to purchase all necessary materials to commence the implementation,” SOS NPO chief executive officer Shelley Humphreys says.

Humphreys further says the station will provide additional access to sanitation and hand washing resources.

“The stations are also used as educational portals. They provide information via printed infographic stickers to remind people about the importance of hand washing and how to effectively wash hands,” she explains further.

Among the information on the stickers are lockdown important safety measures which president Cyril Ramaphosa said people should practice daily.

These include social distancing, Covid-19 emergency and information contact numbers and the importance of wearing a mask.

The launch also saw kids from the community given face masks to keep them protected from contracting the virus.

As part of this pilot project, more stations will be launched at the taxi rank and tuberculosis (TB) clinic in Bloekombos as well as in Nkandla in the coming weeks.

“The quicker we can provide additional hygiene and sanitation resources to communities, the better it is for the containment and delay of the virus spreading in these densely-populated regions.

“Education and communication around Covid-19 are also critically important because residents will personally be able to make better decisions around the virus.”

The organisation will provide liquid soap refills to stations when required.

“We have been provided with 100F of hand sanitisers which are used by the kitchen staff at the school because a feeding scheme is being run from there.”

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