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Gift of the Givers plans to drill water at Rahima Moosa Hospital

Gift of the Givers says it will be drilling water foe Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg.

This comes after the ongoing water crisis in the City has left patients at Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph Hospital for the past week.

The Organisation says it was approached by hospital staff and management requesting bottled water, portable toilets, and any practical assistance to augment the water tankers provided by the City.

The founder of Gift of the Givers, Imtiaz Sooliman says bottled water alone is not a sustainable solution.

“Hospitals need to be sustainable, with load sheddinghappening so often water pumps do not function well,” said Sooliman.

Sooliman says in any case a hospital should always have a back up water system, be it a generative electricity or a borehole.

“The crisis could not have come at a more inopportune time with rapidly rising Covid-19 numbers in Gauteng and Rahima Moosa being one of the feeder hospitals for the temporarily shut Charlotte Maxeke hospital,” said Sooliman.

Sooliman says they have been granted permission by the management and infrastructure team to drill for water.

“Our geologist, Dr Gideon Groenewald, has identified the drilling site. Existing, defunct boreholes will be assessed with a view to resuscitate them whilst drilling for new boreholes then pumping water directly into the hospital infrastructure using booster pumps and setting up taps outside the hospital for community usage once the water has been tested and approved for human consumption,”

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