The borehole, sponsored by the KZN-based Astron Energy brand marker, All Fuels, is solar-powered, sparing the community of operational costs.
The community of Ngunjini in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal is enjoying a positive new chapter thanks to a new solar-powered borehole that has been installed in the area.
The borehole is a lifeline to residents who are recovering from a protracted drought that had devastating consequences for the area.
The Ngunjini Borehole Initiative, spearheaded by the KZN-based All Fuels, Astron Energy brand marketer, and the NPO, Al-Imdaad Foundation, was officially handed over to the community, last month.
The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, headed the high-level government delegation at the ceremony.
Addressing community leaders and residents at Ngunjini in ward 12 of the Abaqulusi Local Municipality, Mchunu thanked the Al-Imdaad Foundation and the All Fuels team for understanding human needs and called for greater partnership between corporate South Africa and government to fast-track development and growth at a grassroots level across the country.
“It is now time for people of goodwill to build and grow South Africa,” Mchunu said, adding that the door is always open for proactive companies such as All Fuels to work hand-in-hand with government to support socio-economic upliftment for the people of KZN.
There were smiles all around as Mchunu completed the ribbon-cutting and took the first drink of clean, fresh water from the borehole.
“We are both humbled and excited to have brought such joy and relief to everyone who lives in Ngunjini,” said Zeyd Timol, CEO of All Fuels.
He added, “This is a small but significant improvement to the quality of life of more than 300 families who now have direct access to fresh, clean drinkable water. As an Astron Energy brand marketer, we are deeply committed to uplifting and developing communities, particularly in areas lagging in socio-economic infrastructure. We believe that much can be accomplished for the greater good through synergistic relationships between government and corporate South Africa and we look forward to more partnerships in this regard.”
Al-Imdaad Foundations’s Abid Karrim pointed out that a new creche on site delayed opening its doors until the borehole was operational so the little ones would have a reliable source of clean water.
Residents and community members who attended the handover were excited at this positive development saying the borehole will improve their quality of life as they now have round-the-clock access to clean water in their area.
Previously, they had to travel long distances to collect water.
Installed at a depth of 120 metres, the borehole has been fitted with a community tap, providing water that is free of added chemicals and rich in minerals.
Timol pointed out that as the borehole is solar-powered, there are no operational costs for the community.
He added, “The borehole project at Ngunjini is just one of many local community enhancement initiatives that All Fuels has planned for the next 12 months. By working alongside the Al-Imdaad Foundation and collaborating closely with local government, we aim to meaningfully improve the lives of our province’s people one project at time.”