Gift of the Givers donates bottled water to UFH Alice Campus
The humanitarian organization, Gift of the Givers, delivered a truckload of bottled water to UFH Alice Campus. The NGO was approached for help by Amathole District Municipality (ADM) under the stewardship of the Municipal Manager, Dr Thandekile Mnyimba. The University of Fort Hare has in the recent past been plagued by serious poor supply and consistent dry taps. This is due to aging water infrastructure, as well as the ailing capacity of the Alice water treatment works. The latter continues to collapse as it struggles to cope with the pressures of demand from the university and the entire Alice Town communities and surrounding villages. This increase in population has brought more strain and pressure to the limited infrastructure capacity. In an effort to bring temporary relief to the University community, ADM Municipal Manager, Dr Thandekile Mnyimba approached The Gift of the Givers for a donation. In his remarks during the hand-over ceremony, Dr Mnyimba said, “On 3 April 2019, Amathole District Municipality entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Fort Hare. In that MoU, ADM made a commitment to collaborate with the University. Water supply is our competency as the District Municipality. Before the end of April 2019, I shall come here to the main campus with our engineers and technocrats to evaluate the extent of the challenge in order to improve the water infrastructure, and immediately thereafter; we shall act,”.
That strong commitment was further echoed by the ADM Acting Executive Mayor, Mr Zibuthe Mnqwazi and the Council Speaker, Mr Nceba Ndikinda , who were also in attendance.
In his hand-over speech, the Gift of the Givers Director Dr Ali Sablay said, “Social ills and challenges of the human race are a serious concern to The Gift of the Givers across colour, race and religion within and beyond the shores of our African continent.”
Speaking on behalf of students, the SRC President: Mr Xolani Jaji expressed gratitude and appreciation for this life-saving donation of water from the Gift of the Givers.