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Water for farm workers. The IUCMA handing over a borehole to a farming community on 4 December 2017

The Inkomati- Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) handed over a borehole to the Meyershoop Farm community on Thursday last week.

Peter Venter, a member of the IUCMA’s Governing Board, commended the staff who took the initiative to drill the boreholes at Meyershoop. Two boreholes have been drilled, one for ground water monitoring and the second one for productive use by the community. The second borehole has been fully equipped for easy use by the community. It should be kept in mind that the IUCMA is not responsible for the provision of drinking water, but it is responsible for water resources management in its area of operation, of which the Usuthu catchment area is part of.

It is therefore in the spirit of its corporate social responsibility that the second borehole was provided to the community. Miranda Sikhakhane, chairperson of Mkhondo Catchment Management Forum urged the community to take care of the borehole as it belongs to them now. She indicated that the community should take pride in policing those who vandalise their assets.

Bongani Mabuza of Mkhondo Municipality also reiterated the words of Sikhakhane by reminding the community of the recent drought which is still lurking in the Cape. He reminded them that they should not see that which is happening in the Cape as far fetched, but that it’s a tip of the iceberg which we are all part of. Spitz Meyer of Meyershoop, also gave his heartfelt thanks to the IUCMA for considering drilling the boreholes on his farm.

He also indicated that the spring that they had on the farm had dried up as well as the borehole they had drilled for the workers due to the drought. Dumisani Magagula, a community representative, started by thanking the Meyers for opening their land to the farm workers to collect water. He further went on to thank IUCMA for the borehole, indicating that their wives and daughters will finally get some rest as they no longer have to go to the river to collect water. He concluded by echoing the same words by earlier speakers when he urged the community to take care of the borehole as if it is their own.

Likewise, one of the women from the community, Kholisiwe Hlatshwayo could not hide her excitement. Jeremiah Mathebula of the IUCMA Governing Board, also encouraged the community to do their own subsistence farming so that their families could benefit fully from the borehole. He also advised the community that pit latrines should at least be 100 metres away from the borehole so that it is protected from pollution, and that its water quality remains good.

Issued by the Inkomati-Usuthu CMA. For more information please contact Sylvia Machimana at 013 753 9000/ 978 451 0164/ sylviam@iucma. co.za

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