By Asavela Mbali
“According to the South African Constitution, Section 27(1)(b) the right to access to sufficient water is accorded to everyone. Water is a basic Human Right for all as entrenched in the South African Constitution. The South African water resources are managed by the Department of Water and Sanitation to improve the quality of life of all South Africans. Since 1994, the government Has been hard at work in ensuring that all South Africans have access to water. South Africa is a water scarce country and named one of the 30 driest countries in the world: with a rapidly increasing population” (NWW 2021).
“I met a lady who works at Red Cross. I call her Granny, (her real name is Luna Siqaza). She started coming to me bringing soup for my soup kitchen and supported for a few months during COVID-19. I talked to her and told her about how much water I use because of cooking and cleaning dishes and pots etc. She also saw my kids washing their hands in a little basin. So, she surprised me this past weekend with JoJo Tanks and sinks” said Donae Carelse from East London.
An ecstatic Carelse started a soup kitchen in 2014 after her grandfather passed away. Her grandfather used to give the underprivileged children sandwiches when they came from school, so, she took over where he left off.
Carelse gives the children porridge every morning and a sandwich to take to school. Then a meal when they return from school. On Tuesdays the elderly have a prayer session and afterwards she serves the elderly a meal and coffee.