South Africa’s ‘water access’ inequality

26 May 2013

Children collecting their daily water from a roadside seepage (Photo: Bill Harding)

Children collecting their family’s daily water from a roadside seepage (Photo: Bill Harding)

Although millions of Rands are blatantly and arrogantly wasted by public servants in South Africa, young children in the  north-eastern Free State have to spend a considerable portion of their day collecting water from seeps and springs, and then carting it long distances to their remote villages.  In many cases water is scooped endlessly from a trickle, using a jam tin.

Primary school children collecting water from a riverside pump.  (Photo: Bill Harding)

Primary school children collecting water from a riverside pump. (Photo: Bill Harding)

2 Responses to South Africa’s ‘water access’ inequality

  1. This is so sad to see and what it’s even more sad is to see how millions of rands are being wasted, yet there are people out there that don’t even have a bare necessity like water. We need to wake up and stand for a worthy cause in making the world a better place.

    • Bill Harding says:

      Indeed. I am not sure who the “we” are in your ‘take a stand’ notion but I fear South Africans are poles apart from the French, Turks, Greeks, Tunisians, Egyptians and etc who have drawn a line in the sand over bad government. Nor might such a stance be possible in this country, given the mass belief that the ANC will still actually achieve something positive! A great pity that the ANC intellectuals are so muted.

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