Rand Water Foundation (RWF) is committed to building a healthier and more productive society by investing in initiatives that enhance healthcare, sanitation and school infrastructure.
Community-based Health Infrastructure Development support project
We have, in the past five years, successfully renovated six clinics in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State. Gauteng healthcare facilities include Kalafong Hospital Pediatric Unit in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Khutsong in Merafong Local Municipality, Bekkersdal in Rand West Municipality, Levai Mbatha in Emfuleni Local Municipality and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in the City of Johannesburg. Mpumalanga clinics include Agincourt in Bushbuckridge and Msogwaba Clinic in Mbombela.
The Free State project includes Phedisong Clinic in Mafube Local Municipality. Our interventions range from infrastructural refurbishment to purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment in support of community healthcare. The RWF has contributed funding of over R20 million, ensuring that communities within which Rand Water operates stay healthy.
Households sanitation – Bucket Eradication project
The RWF undertook the Households Sanitation – Bucket Eradication project to help municipalities address sanitation challenges and eradicate bucket systems in communities. South Africa has a huge backlog when it comes to proper sanitation due to population growth which can be attributed to urbanisation and migration. We have been implementing this project in Viljoenskroon and Steynsrus towns within Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State.
We have, to date, constructed over 450 waterless toilet structures for households. Over the past 16 years the Foundation has worked with the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in the Winterveldt area, successfully restoring people’s dignity. The partnership has benefited a total of 14 623 households in Tshwane and Moqhaka. The RWF acknowledges that “Water is life and sanitation is dignity.”
Back-to-School Education support project – Investing in the Future
The RWF is proud to endorse the education initiatives of the country and I am pleased to have been able to work on the Back-to-School support project. The project was implemented in Mpumalanga and Gauteng Province, benefiting rural schools. Khokhovela Primary School in Mpumalanga touched my heart deeply: almost 99% of the learners were dressed in old, torn uniforms mixed with home clothing.
At first glance it was difficult to tell that they all attended the same school. The RWF heeded the plight of the Khokhovela learners, providing them with learning resources such as stationery and full school uniforms. Supporting basic education in the country has been a journey for the Foundation. We have reached out to 75 schools, including 9 300 learners, with a total investment of over R12.5 million.
Rural/urban greening and landscaping project
Through this project, valued at R4 million, the Foundation has developed 11 recreational parks in the municipalities of Metsimaholo in the Free State, Emalahleni and Govan Mbeki in Mpumalanga, Madibeng in the North West, and Rand West in Gauteng. The parks, which include outdoor gyms, swimming pools and multipurpose sports facilities, promote healthy lifestyles. This project also benefits local communities through job creation and entrepreneurial development.
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