After more than ten years without a reliable source of drinking water, the villages surrounding the Tembe Elephant Park now have taps closer to their homes, bringing fresh water down the pipeline. Thanks to a partnership between the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, the Tembe Elephant Park and SBS˚ Tanks, the donation of a water storage tank has meant that local Tembe women and children no longer need to walk long distances and stand for hours on the side of the road waiting for the water truck to arrive.
Tembe Elephant Park’s Ernest Robbertse had been doing what he could to ease the plight of the women and children, who had to take the backbreaking daily trips to fetch water, by trucking water from a borehole near the park to the 5000-member community. However, he realised that trucking the water was not a sustainable solution and began crowdfunding to sink a new borehole and repair others, install a pump and lay ten kilometres of pipeline with taps at regular intervals to bring water closer to the homes of the community members.
He just needed a partner that would deliver a water tank to connect those pipes and get the water flowing. SBS˚ Tanks were pleased to be able to partner with the Kingsley Holgate Foundation and the Tembe Elephant Park to bring access to water to the 5,000 members of the Tembe community.
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