Water storage tank donated to rural Mpumalanga community

SBS ® donated a 50000-litre water tank storage solution to the Thulamahashe community of the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality to relieve the water challenges and shortages faced by the community.

Water is a right

“Access to water is a right enshrined in our South African constitution,” said Executive Mayor of Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Cllr. Sylvia Nxumalo. “Delivering water to our communities is a priority. It is part of our mandate from our leadership and national government. Most of our budgetary provisioning as municipalities is directed at access to water. We are grateful that our partnership with SALGA and SBS® Solutions SA has enabled us to provide water security to the Thulamahashe B3 district this year, in celebration of Mandela Day 2021.” 

Delivering a premium, fit-for-purpose water tank storage solution

Water rationing and low pressure had resulted in inconsistent water supply which was insufficient to feed to most of the houses. The community required a water storage tank solution that would boost the pressure of supply to the area. The steel panel water reservoir SBS installed will improve supply to the households of 250 community members and a local creche. The partnership between the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, SALGA, and SBS® as a premium steel tank supplier, has meant that the community will now have access to safe drinking water every day. 

Partnerships for the delivery of premium steel panel reservoirs

 “Through our relationship with SALGA and municipalities across South Africa we work to deliver water security and water tank storage solutions that are not only fast and effective, but that also serve to build for better in our communities. Our modular steel panel water reservoirs can be installed anywhere, no matter how remote the location. Our liquid storage solutions are engineer-designed to withstand high wind and harsh environmental conditions and can be used for the storage of drinking water as well as many other chemicals,” said Mava Gwagwa, SBS ® Director New Business Development.

Widespread protests and road closures resulted in the installation being completed in the second week of August as part of an extended Mandela Day celebration and in honour of Women’s Month. 

Building for Better – everyday

SBS® employees from both the Municipal Sales and the Installation teams who completed the installation gave up personal time, including a Sunday and the Women’s Day public holiday, to travel from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to Mpumalanga to install the water security solution as part of their Mandela Day contribution. This contribution was way above the traditional 67 minutes and part of the company’s DNA to commit wholeheartedly and build for better, not just on Mandela Day, but every day. 

“The municipality is the heartbeat of the community,” said Executive Mayor Nxumalo. “SBS ® has done very well for us in helping us bring water to this community. Bushbuckridge Local Municipality is pleased to be able to continue to serve our community members and deliver on the promise of water for all.” 

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