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Africa Foundation in partnership with &Beyond Safaris and Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) recently donated two boreholes to Gogomoga settlement as a way of giving back to the community they operate in. The donation came at an opportune time as communities living in the area are faced with water scarcity.
The settlement which is located 10km from Maun has been experiencing water shortage following the drying of Thamalakane River, which is the main source since government policy does not permit Water Utilities Corporation to connect water to ungazzetted areas.
Africa Foundation in partnership with &Beyond Safaris have since last year donated a borehole each to Tsutsubega and Shokomoka settlements. The two boreholes donated at Gogomoga also include 100 hippo roller water containers with 90 litre capacity. One of the boreholes is solar panel powered while the other is hand operated.
In his welcome remarks during the official hand over of the donation, Kgosi Prince Shashe who expressed his appreciation, applauded the companies for making a difference to the lives of people in the area. He further pleaded with communities living in the area to take care of the boreholes and avoid vandalism and theft of solar panels which were also part of the package.
Handing over the boreholes, Africa foundation CEO, Andrew Venter emphasised that the company’s work in Gogomoga is not about personal gain, but rather about helping the community they serve. Venter also mentioned that Africa Foundation has invested significant resources in the community, and will continue to work hand in hand with Gogomoga residents to meet their needs.
For his part, Area councilor, Lekonne Masoko appreciated that the boreholes came at an opportune time as they will improve the water situation in the area. He further appreciated the companies for assisting government in the provision of services.
A representative from office of the council Secretary, Golekanye Thapelo thanked Africa Foundation for the generous donation noting that council cannot afford to assist communities. He said council lacks resources hence support from Africa Foundation is crucial. Thapelo also stressed the importance of taking proper care of such donations to continue receiving support from Africa Foundation.