Bloekombos is situated on the eastern periphery of Cape Town, 2 km from Kraaifontein, on both sides of Old Paarl Road in the Oostenberg municipality. This community comprises shack dwellings, housing approximately 50,000 residents. It comprises 6 schools (2 secondary) as well as a community centre, a community clinic and numerous taxi-car washes & other micro-businesses such as micro-gardens.
Currently, all residents rely on communal municipal water taps, which are spaced across the community. However, there are many areas –especially those which have been newly added – where there are no taps for 2 -3 km’s walk. SOS NPO have been assisting this community by implementing rain-water harvesting tanks in all the schools, at the community centre and medical clinic. SOS provides clean non-potable water for their use, which we truck into, from a source in the CBD. We have a very good relationship with the key players in the community, as well as the schools and clinic. We provided some additional Community Water Towers, which we set up for the taxi/car washes use.