Takats'Eau plunges into Hammanskraal water crisis

The French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry is glad to learn one of its members Takats'Eau, has joined forces with two other organisations Triple-P and WaterIcon, to setup a water treatment plant in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, in Gauteng, South Africa. 

The water treatment plant set up by the three organisations is to ensure a supply of safe and clean drinking water for a local school, bringing relief to 1500 learners.  

Hammanskraal has been plunged into a crisis following an outbreak of cholera in the area. 

The South African Human Rights Commission previously found that residents in and around Hammanskraal had been consuming polluted water since the late 2000s. 

The Commission found that rivers such as the Apies, Tolwane, Pienaar and Hennops, as well as Roodeplaat and Leeukraal dams, were being polluted with untreated and partially treated sewage and sludge.  

WaterIcon's Carmela Kangisser said the school had two boreholes, and one of the boreholes is contaminated with high nitrates and high suspended solids that is brown in colour.  

"This pilot project, at this current school is of outmost importance because we are essentially showing the impact, we can make by widening the implementation of those projects in various other schools," said Mickael Pourteau, Takats'Eau's CEO. 

 Director at Triple-P, Ntswaki Ditlhale said what made her team come on board is the disbelief that learners at the school where drinking contaminated water and nobody seemed to care.  

 "I wouldn't blame it on school because they felt just as helpless and that was really the turning point for us to make sure that learners have access to clean drinking water, it's their constitutional right, and they're helpless. If we can't help them, no one can." 

 For Takats’Eau, Triple-P and Watericon to continue its initiative to provide clean water to schools, they rely on donations that could enable other schools to benefit from such equipment. You can find out more here: 

To view the video of the project, click here

For more information about our member Takats’Eau, visit their website here

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