Streaming issues? Report here
Bongani Bingwa 702 Gradient Bongani Bingwa 702 Gradient
Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
06:00 - 09:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Eusebius McKaiser Show
See full line-up
Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
06:00 - 09:00

Home
arrow_forward
Local

We never promised money to Gift of the Givers, says Makhanda municipality

16 May 2019 11:55 AM
Tags:
Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers Foundation
Makhanda Municipality
Makhanda water
Makhanda drought
The organisation tells Eusebius McKaiser it has drilled 11 boreholes and supplied water to the town during the drought.

Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers are withdrawing from Makhanda in the Eastern Cape.

The organisation has drilled 11 boreholes and supplied water to the town during the drought. They will take along the Jojo tanks, filtration systems and water tankers they brought in to relieve the municipality’s water crisis.

The operation has cost the organisation R15m to date.

It is reported that the Department of Water and Sanitation will pay three companies R10m for work already carried out by Gift of the Givers.

Eusebius McKaiser spoke to Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman about why the organisation is leaving.

We have withdrawn our trucks and are leaving today. It is a matter of principle.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

Sooliman says Gift of the Givers thought it was going to the City temporarily, but after assessing the situation, it saw a need to stay longer.

We started providing bottled water because we said it is a short temporary process, not a long issue.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

The municipality agreed and said: 'Look can you prepare an intervention plan'. We said we will fund what we can from our side but this requires government intervention. We said it will cost about R23m to R30m and they said it is fine.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

Sooliman says the municipality promised to pay Gift of the Givers funds as soon as it received funds.

They said they would declare the city a disaster area and get funds, but we don't know how much we will get and we will pass it to you but right now we don't have money. They said when the money comes we will give it to you.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

He says Gift of the givers was informed this week that there is R10m that the municipality has received, but it cannot be given to the organisation.

They said R1.2m is to a consulting company. That company didn't do anything; we did everything on the consultancy.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

The best part is when they said they are giving R7m to a company for the boreholes that we have already drilled.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder - Gift of the Givers

In a right of reply, Makhanda municipal manager Mopo Mene says the municipality is sad that Gift of the Givers is leaving the City.

These guys came in very handy, and they helped us substantively. We don't wish to cut ties in the manner in which it is happening.

Mopo Mene, Municipal manager - Makhanda

Mene says they have been given R12m from the Department of Water and Sanitation.

We are looking at the supply-chain process to see that the boreholes are connected.

Mopo Mene, Municipal manager - Makhanda

We never promised money to the Gift of the Givers.

Mopo Mene, Municipal manager - Makhanda

He further says before Gift of the Givers came in they had a consultancy firm studying underground water.

The consultancy fee is about R1.3m.

Mopo Mene, Municipal manager - Makhanda

Listen to the full interviews below...


16 May 2019 11:55 AM
Tags:
Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers Foundation
Makhanda Municipality
Makhanda water
Makhanda drought

More from Local

200428zweligif

Gauteng recoveries reach 2,169 as SA's death rate nears 800

3 June 2020 9:58 PM

The Western and Eastern Cape now account for 78% of all cases recorded in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 coronavirus testing 123rf

Court: COVID-19 patients can't be forced to quarantine if they can self-isolate

3 June 2020 6:46 PM

The judgment was handed down on Wednesday after an urgent application by lobby group AfriForum, challenging the validity of regulations that forbid self-isolation.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Coronavirus9899

A partnership with a good story to tell

3 June 2020 5:54 PM

Two agencies join the Health Department and media to tell stories of frontline workers and those who’ve recovered from COVID-19.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

teddy-bear-toy-bed-childhood-pexels-photo-jpeg

Child Protection Week 2020: Protecting children during COVID-19 and the lockdown

3 June 2020 5:41 PM

Joanne Joseph speaks to University of Cape Town's Children's Institute senior researcher Lucy Jamieson.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mulitplug adaptor plug switch electricity energy 123rfpolitics 123rf

'There will be deliberations over draft Joburg electricity tariff increase'

3 June 2020 4:33 PM

The City of Johannesburg is suggesting a new R200 basic charge for prepaid customers and R400 for prepaid business customers.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

liquor-store-sales-wine-champagne-mmc-brut-bubbly-alcohol-booze-drinking-123rf

Unbanning of alcohol sale is an uncalculated decision - ANC youth task team

3 June 2020 4:28 PM

Spokesperson Sizophila Mkhize says while there are responsible drinkers, the country is faced with an abnormal situation.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

kagisogif

Community members who picked up cash in Krugersdorp heist can be charged - SAPS

3 June 2020 2:54 PM

Three suspects fled the scene in Chamdor after they attacked a cash van with explosives in the early hours of the morning.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

raymond-zondojpg

Zondo eyes end of June restart, expects Zuma to appear 'quite soon'

3 June 2020 2:16 PM

Chairperson of the state capture commission of inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, briefed the media on the commission's work during the coronavirus lockdown.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200303-zwelithini-edjpg

KZN premier explains decision to increase King Zwelithini’s annual budget

3 June 2020 2:04 PM

Sihle Zikalala says that part of the allocated funding is spent on cultural programmes implemented under the royal household.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

City Power

City Power cuts off power to houses in Vlakfontein for illegal connections

3 June 2020 1:00 PM

The power utility's spokesperson Isaac Mangena says these houses were disconnected and will have to pay R11,000 reconnection fee.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward