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Old age home spreads generosity by sharing donated water

Bloemfontein – An old age home and some businesses in
Senekal in the Free State have praised holidaymakers for bringing them liquid relief.
And they are spreading the generosity by sharing their donations with hard-hit
community members.

A matron at Engo Aged Care Senekal, Bets Niewenhuis, told
News24 on Thursday that people from other towns in the country had offered to
help with water.

She said she had pleaded for help on Facebook, and the
response was overwhelming.

The town has not had running water since December 14.

“We are coping with the crisis. The response from other
towns and cities which include Colesberg, Durban, Reitz and Bloemfontein has
been overwhelming. The municipality helps us with water every second day when
they can. The army from Bethlehem also brings us water, which is a big
relief,” she said.

She said the home needed at least 10 000 litres a day to bath
and take care of its elderly residents.

Niewenhuis said, not only was she grateful for the
donations, but they opted to share the water they received with other community

“This is a national crisis, so we have to share with
other people. We believe that we are all in this together.”

She said when schools re-opened next week, the home would
also assist with water.

Meanwhile, Francine Pretorius who owns Watertand Bakery,
said she was impressed that people from afar were so willing to help.

“Holidaymakers have heard our cries and delivered
litres of water on their way back home – however it becomes a problem when they
ask to use a toilet! Our situation is bad and the heat is not helping at

Due to the water crisis, shops, restaurants and petrol
stations have started putting up “no toilets” signs.

Pretorius said she also bought water from local farmers who
have boreholes, at 15c a litre, to keep her business running.

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Old age home spreads generosity by sharing donated water
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