Jun 15, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Mandela’s relatives, rural families get help to collect drinking water

The long road to freedom was a little shorter in Nelson Mandela’s home village from childhood, where some of his relatives were given a device that made it easier for them to fetch water.

In his autobiography Mandela became known Describes everyday life of growing up in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Now the Qunu neighbors Evelyn Mandela (82) and Nothemba Mandela (71) can use new “Hippo Rollers” to move plastic buckets of water out of the river, thanks to a charity infusion to the rural Eastern Cape last week.

“We fight in the dry season. Carrying buckets is hard work so it helps a lot, ”said Nothemba Mandela, whose home overlooks the rolling green hills and valleys also featured in Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom . The Mandela family’s burial site is just a few hundred meters from their home.

Qunu is just one of several remote villages that benefit from the useful Hippo Roller devices that work much like a wheelbarrow and for Heavy water containers are designed that can be pulled or pushed. A total of 150 rollers were donated to residents of Qunu and several nearby coastal villages.

Ironically, the water transport was eased by another type of slog: long distance swimming.

The rollers were donated by the nonprofit organization Swim for Rivers, which raises awareness and funds to tackle SA’s water problems through long-distance charity swimming, including swimming in unlikely locations like polluted rivers and remote icy seas.

Andrew Chin of Swim for Rivers said the recent Hippo Roller donation is an opportunity to “help where we can”.

“We are privileged to serve. And it’s a farce that thousands of rural families are still struggling to get access to drinking water, “said Chin.

Tour guide and Qimu resident Zim Gamakhulu said the water supply was intermittent and inadequate:” The Taps and tanks often run dry During the dry season, women and children usually have to walk long distances to get water in buckets, often on their heads. These rollers make a huge difference. “

Nocingile Ndabambi, 71, from Mqhekezweni , known as Great Place, a historic royal household and foster home for chiefs

Ndabambi’s house is near a rondavel where Nelson Mandela spent his teenage years. In his book, he shared how he learned about leadership by listening to the regent king Jongintaba Dalindyebo, who ran the affairs of the local community under a large tree near his hut.