SOS are currently assisting the informal community of Bloekombos, which is located in Kraaifontein, Cape Town. 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 up to 1 to 2 km’s walk. SOS have, over the past 20 months, been implementing additional rain-water harvesting tanks to all of the above within this community, and providing them with clean non-potable water for their use, which we truck into them 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.