With more communities affected by the current drought in South Africa, the Voice of the Cape has announced that it will be partnering with Shukrul Mubeen Masjid on a new water project to address the water scarcity.
Five provinces have so far been declared disaster areas since the worst drought in 23 years. The five provinces include KwaZulu-Natal‚ Free State‚ North West‚ Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Some areas in the Eastern Cape‚ Northern Cape and Western Cape‚ have better dam levels‚ however certain districts in these provinces are affected by water shortages.
The initiative is aimed at collecting containers of water and providing towns around South Africa with drinking water.
“We aim to collect 1000 bottles of 5 litre sealed water,” says co-ordinator Ridwaan Kenny.
The project was initiated by Kenny who found water scarcity an issue in South Africa after it was reported that rainfall levels have remained low.
“There has not been sufficient rainfall throughout the country and we have decided to do something about it,” says Kenny.
Members of the ulema have been informed to drop off water containers.
The idea was sparked by the South African initiative Operation Hydrate where containers of water were delivered to rural towns.
Kenny says that the Western Cape is more fortunate compared to other provinces like Northern Cape, North-West province and the Eastern Cape.
“We decided to assist those who are in dire need in other parts of the country because as Muslims we help others,” says Kenny.
Members of the ulema are reminded of the privilege they have of clean running water to make the effort to bring containers of water to the masjid.
Drop off points:
1. Shukrul Mubeen mosque – York Road, Lansdowne during Salaah Times
2. The Deen Store – 514 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne from 9am – 5pm
3. Voice of the Cape Studios – 2 Queenspark Avenue Salt River
If you are unable to deliver water you can deposit money and we can purchase the water on your behalf:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Holder: Shukrul Mubeen
Account Type: Current
Account Number: 072921501
Branch Code: 026209
Reference: Water Project.VOC