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New PlayPumps in Northern Cape

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New PlayPumps in Northern Cape

Last month, thanks to generous donor funding, we installed three PlayPumps in the Northern Cape, one of the driest areas of South Africa. All three schools reported a very serious shortage of water.  They all had to rely on water from the community and when the community pumps broke the school could go for three to four days without any water. At Metsimantis Primary, they had an old hand pump which had been broken for many years.  The school had to rely on the unreliable community water because there are no municipal deliveries. At Cardington...

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14 year old raises funds for maintenance

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14 year old raises funds for maintenance

14 year old Samantha Falcon of The Sacred Heart Convent, Connecticut, USA on hearing of the drought in South Africa and the desperate need for reliable clean drinking water for the rural poor decided to embark on a fund raising drive and chose to help Roundabout Water Solutions with the maintenance of their existing PlayPumps. Sam, whose parents were born in Johannesburg, South Africa, contacted Roundabout Water Solutions and asked how she could help, and how much she needed to raise to ensure a PlayPump would be back to working order.  She...

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His Thirsty Community needs help

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His Thirsty Community needs help

We recently received a letter from Modudi asking for help for his community. He said (abbreviated) My never-say-die spirit continues and I have no choice BUT to continue.  I have been writing emails for the last 11 years to countless companies and their foundations, both national and multi-national.  Have written countless emails of plea to relevant government departments, all bearing no fruit or action. My sprawling rural village of Tafelkop just outisde of the small town of Groblersdal on the border of Mpumalanga/Limpopo was established in...

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Beautful scenery but no reliable water

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Beautful scenery but no reliable water

Near Clarens in the Free State, set among rolling  hills, is a small farm school, which up until now had no reliable water.  Sometimes the children used to leave school early because they were thirsty.  Though schools in South Africa normally give the children a meal, without reliable clean water they were unable to cook meals for them, resulting in the children going hungry.  There was a water delivery, but that could take up to two weeks to come, and the water from the last water delivery by that time had run out.  Thanks to generous donors...

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Limpopo & Mpumalanga Maintenance trip 2015

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Limpopo & Mpumalanga Maintenance trip 2015

In July we went to Limpopo and Mpumalanga and carried out maintenance work on 27 of our PlayPumps. We were able to do this thanks to generous donations from many donors.  Like a car, the PlayPumps do need to be maintained as cylinders can become worn, pipes can develop leaks and taps and soil crete need repairing. Any trip into rural areas of South Africa is expensive because of the cost of petrol, accommodation and labour, but thanks to numerous donors helping us we are able to devise routes where we can visit the maximum number of PlayPumps...

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Let the water continue to flow

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Let the water continue to flow

In March, thanks to continued support from wonderful donors, we maintained 29 PlayPumps in KwaZulu Natal. Out of this group was Mdlenevu Primary School, which was installed 14 years ago in 2001 and apart from replacing the forcehead, changing the threaded rod and patching the soil crete it was still working and the kids continue to play happily on it.   One of the other sites was a community PlayPump near Vryhead which was installed in 2007.   The community does not have a reliable water supply and is dependent on the PlayPump for water....

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Free State site visit

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Free State site visit

In February 2015, we visited the Free State Province of South Africa, and went to 11 of our PlayPump sites.  With the temperature hitting 42 degrees Celsius on most days we were expecting to find the children lethargic.  But we were amazed to arrive at school after school and find the children playing happily on their PlayPumps during the break. One principal told us “they are no longer fighting” they are now playing together, this PlayPump not only brings us water, but also brings us harmony in the school.  The children come to...

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Farm School gets PlayPump

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Farm School gets PlayPump

A small farm school in the Free State Province has been struggling with lack of water for many years.  They currently have 56 kids, but another 50 kids have registered for 2015, making their lack of water problem even more concerning.  They started a small vegetable patch to help feed the kids, but with no reliable water they could only grow a few vegetables. Now with a PlayPump they can grow more vegetables, giving the kids a healthy meal at lunch time and teach the kids how to grow vegetables. A generous organization in the United States of...

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Northern Cape Installations

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Northern Cape Installations

In July of this year we installed two PlayPumps in the Northern Cape  When we returned last week and visited Manyeding Primary School we could hardly see the PlayPump head because of the number of kids playing on it and others were running from their classrooms to join in the fun.  Manyeding Primary Schools has 351 kids and 14 educators.  Before the PlayPump they had a windmill but this had been broken for a long time causing the school to struggle with their water requirements in the dry and dusty Northern Cape.    Gasebonwe Jantjie...

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Foschini CEO’s Bucket Challenge

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Doug Murray, GEO of The Foschini Group, took up the bucket challenge from Ian Moir, CEO of Woolworths and got doused with water. Because of this Foschini have very generously donated R150 000 towards Roundabout Water Solutions.  We cannot thank Foschini enough as this is going to make a huge difference to many children at rural schools in South Africa....

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