Responding to a request from its Limpopo regional office to help "bring water to the people" of the Muyexe village, in the Giyani municipality of Limpopo, Vodacom is pleased to have contributed to the alleviation of some of this burden through a donation of 150 "Hippo Water Rollers".
Muyexe is an impoverished area in the greater Giyani municipality in Mopani district, one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged settlements in South Africa. Poor infrastructure such as roads, water supply, sanitation and no electricity supply makes daily life for its residents a grim battle for survival.
Access to water is one of the biggest problems in the village. Currently, water is sourced from privately-owned boreholes, forcing people to buy this essential resource. To this end, eighteen boreholes have been drilled by the Department of Water Affairs. The community still has to go to the nearest village to fetch water or buy from people who sell water in 25-litre containers.
The Vodacom Executive Director: CSI, Mthobi Tyamzashe, says: "Many companies like ours have a responsibility to help, as far as they can, to bring relief to communities in their daily struggle to access some of the basic services required by their families. The fact that Muyexe has been identified by government as one of the priority areas in the region illustrates the effectiveness of private-public collaboration in the optimal allocation of scarce resources. We are pleased to play a small part in alleviating the burden, especially of women and children, to secure these basic needs."