In order to ease the sufferings of South Africans in areas severely affected by drought, the National Lotteries Commission provided 200 boreholes in five provinces for South Africans.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that Limpopo and Mpumalanga each received 50 boreholes, Free State 47, North West 24 and the Eastern Cape 29.
The South African Government news site related that the Lotteries Commission earlier this year, committed R50 million to complement government’s drought mitigation program.
The objective as divulged, is providing sustainable water supply solutions to distressed communities.
SA department of Water and Sanitation confirmed this and related that they’ve been working with the National Lotteries Commission to decide where alleviation is needed most.
According to the department, the intervention came after South Africa suffered the strongest El Nino on record which resulted to severe drought conditions that subsequently threatened food production and water supplies.
“The National Lotteries Commission, through its proactive funding initiative, has provided 200 boreholes in five provinces that are severely affected by drought. The boreholes were drilled and equipped with hand pumps.
“A narrower selection in each province was done and the decision of where the boreholes needed to be drilled locally was based on the information from municipal officials, community leaders and through observation during site visits and site specific siting, according to geo-hydrological information,” stated the Department of Water and Sanitation.
The department further stated that “the way in which civil society, business and entities have and continue to intervene and complement the work of government, continues to show what Ubuntu is all about and demonstrates social cohesion at its best.”
They added that 28 organisations have been active in supporting government’s drought intervention program to mitigate the impacts of the drought on the most vulnerable communities across South Africa.