SA firm donates R201k solar panels, pumps to cyclone victims

BY PATRICIA SIBANDA

A SOUTH AFRICA-BASED firm, Grundfos, in partnership with Bateman Water Zimbabwe, yesterday commissioned solar panels and water pump sets worth R201 000 for the Chipinge Town Council to benefit Cyclone Idai victims.

Speaking at the event in Bulawayo, Bateman managing director Buster Pettican said they were happy with assisting over 1 000 Chipinge residents.

“The fact that the community will now have water is very important and l’m very glad that they will be able to benefit from it for years. These boreholes will cover wards one to five and 1 400 residents will benefit from this,” Pettican said.

He said the donation would assist vulnerable groups that experienced hardships during and after the cyclone.

Pettican said the equipment was expected to pump large amounts of water per hour.

“Grundfos has, through its service partner Bateman Water Zimbabwe, responded to the Zimbabwe government’s call to support the cyclone-affected population in Chipinge. (We are) generously donating 252 solar panels and five high-yielding pump sets, which will give a total pumping flow of 35m/hr,” he said.

Chipinge acting town secretary Edson Munjanga said they were relieved now that they had received water pumps because they had been facing challenges in getting water.

“All along, we have been relying on Zesa to pump water from Bangazani Dam to the borehole, of which we would go for almost two weeks without water due to the power shortages experienced in the country,” Munjanga said.

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