ESSC Managing Director Nick Jackson getting down to drink the water from the newly erected borehole


NDMA has partnered with Royal eSwatini Sugar Corporation (ESSC) in a water project that will benefit over 1000 people from two communities under Macetjeni. The project was officially opened last week Friday. For more than 20 years, residents of Mgwenyane and Enhlokolweni under Gilgal Inkhundla had no clean water and would fetch water from
an unprotected source, which they shared with cows and donkeys. The projects were funded by ESSC in partnership with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) who built two boreholes in the two communities. The first borehole is at Enhlokolweni and will benefit 65 households, with a total of 450 people. The second borehole is at
Mgwenyane and will benefit 80 households. It is expected that 600 people will benefit from it. ESSC Managing Director, Nick Jackson, delivering his remarks, said the water project cost E225, 000, money which was donated by a total of 27 companies. He also mentioned that the collaboration with NDMA was for identifying the communities that needed clean water the most. “We hope these boreholes that we are handing over today will play a pivotal role because community members shared water with animals, and they had to travel for over five kilometres to fetch water, which is not only an inconvenience but not safe for the girl child,” said the MD. NDMA Director Programs, Victor Mahlalela said it was the organisations mandate to prevent disasters. “Our goal is to prevent disasters
before they even occur,” he said, adding that it was for that reason that they were asked to assist in identifying the most vulnerable communities. He said NDMA had in the past donated pumps for the boreholes that cost E35, 000 each. He applauded ESSC for partnering with NDMA since the two areas were the worst in terms of availability
of clean water. He stated that the areas were prone to water borne sicknesses because of the muddy water they were consuming. Gertrude Dlamini, one of the beneficiaries at Enhlongolweni said she is lost for words on how to thank
NDMA for identifying them to be beneficiaries of the water project. We travelled for long distances and hours to collect water, and the water we consumed was not clean at all. The last time I drank clean water was almost 20 years ago,” she said. Gilbert Gamedze, a community member from Mgwenyane who took this reporter to where they would
fetch water said they had got used to sharing water with cows and donkeys. “We were used to drinking unclean water, and we still do not believe that we have clean water. We applaud NDMA for identifying us as a community, at least now we will have clean water and our children will no longer be prone to diseases,” she said. NDMA continues to ensure that we prevent disasters from happening even before they actually happen. It is for that reason that over 1000 community members in the Lubombo region will get clean safe water, because it our mandate to prevent disasters.

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