Gift of the Givers distributes water in Makhanda
Six massive Gift of the Givers trucks packed with bottled water will begin distribution of water to deprived Makhanda East residents from 10.30am Wednesday.
Makhanda East has been without water for nine days and counting.
The municipality has indicated it could not pump water as it was too turbid (muddy) and they had to wait until the mud settled before they could begin pumping.
Taps also ran dry in most of Makhanda West early on Tuesday morning as a major water pipe burst above Rhodes University.
Most students returned to resume their studies on Monday.
The big green trucks emblazoned with the Gift of the Givers logo were cheered on by bystanders as they entered the city late on Tuesday afternoon.
Because of the lateness of the hour, only one truck distributed water outside the city hall to eager citizens desperate for clean drinking water.
The rest will head to six distribution points this morning.
Gift of the Givers Ali Sooliman confirmed that their resident hydrologist/geologist Dr Gideon Groenewald will brief municipal officials on the drought and suggest specific solutions using groundwater via boreholes as an immediate intervention for medium to long term relief.
He will then begin his search for underground water and propose particular points where boreholes should be drilled...