At drinC, we believe that everyone should have access to clean drinking water.
That’s why Headstream, our holding company, has partnered with Thebe Investment Corporation, our BBBEE shareholder, to work on a number of practical and economically sustainable water treatment projects across southern Africa.
The following CSI project is our latest initiative to bring safe, clean drinking water to those in need:
The KwaZulu-Natal Filter Project
Our flagship CSI project, in partnership with the Thebe Foundation, was launched in villages across northern KwaZulu-Natal in May 2012.
This initiative saw the introduction of drinC water bucket systems to rural communities across the province, ensuring that hundreds of families can enjoy convenient and affordable access to safe drinking water every day.
The project was well received by His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu and the KZN Provincial Government and marks the start of our ongoing campaign to provide practical, sustainable and environmentally sound water solutions across the country.
His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu being presented with the drinC water bucket system
Tholulwazi Uzivikele Water Project
INTRODUCTION TO THOLULWAZI UZIVIKELE
Tholulwazi Uzivikele is an NGO located in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
It was started in the mid 90’s to address the overwhelming HIV epidemic affecRng 1 in 8 people in its community and leaving over 3,000 orphans in its wake.
Over the last few years Tholulwazi has grown in both capacity and experience and has become an organisaRon that strives to increasingly guide the community in its empowerment.
Tholulwazi originally started with only a Home Based Care Program, but today offers a broad spectrum of programs targeRng all age groups in the area.
These programs encompass community based orphan care, early childhood development, paralegal assistance, HIV prevenRon, youth development and community volunteerism.
Clean Water Project
In April 2016 drinC distributed 25 filtraRon systems and 1 Hippo Roller to 10 crèches that are supported by Tholulwazi Uzivikele in a rural and poor region in northern KwaZulu Natal.
This First Phase was a pilot project to see if the children and teachers would use the filtraRon systems and whether they would be effecRve in providing clean and safe water to these vulnerable individuals.
The Pilot was a great success with the filtration systems working well cleaning the extremely polluted and dirty water. Please see the report from Tholulwazi provided herewith.
A second phase is now being planned as follows:
- Supplied to 46 crèche's
- 2,215 children to benefit
- 250 filtration systems supplied
- 250 spare filters supplied
Total cost for the units and spares is R212,500 plus VAT. AddiRonal costs for transportaRon and training will need to be added.
Bulungula Incubator Water Project
The Bulungula Incubator is a not for profit foundation located near Coffee Bay in the former Transkei. Its mandate is to provide the local rural community with education and basic services that are currently lacking.
While access to safe drinking water has improved in recent times a large portion of the community still relies on water from rivers and shallow wells. Very often these sources of water are badly polluted and contain harmful bacteria and other contaminants.
The Bulungula Incubator is partnering with drinC to provide members of the Hobani community with drinC’s water purification systems.
The initial project was completed in May 2014 where180 of drinC’s Filter Bucket Systems were presented to community members following a talk on water safety issues. A selection of women from the community were trained on how to assemble and care for the Filter Bucket Systems, and these same women then assisted the drinC and Bulungula team in distributing the systems to the community members.
The 180 units were funded from donors from Germany.
The drinC Filter Bucket System is ideal for this rural application as it is very robust, the filters have a long life span (up to 1 year), the system is very basic to use and care for, and the filters are easily replaceable. Another key benefit is that the community members feel a sense of pride in having a system in their dwellings that have a tap that produces clean water.