Clean water at long last


    DIEPSLOOT – Diepsloot Secondary School no.2 finally has running water at its facilities after operating without it since 2011.

    Diepsloot Secondary School no.2 has received a much-needed upgrade after operating without running water since 2011.

    Thanks to a donation from 38 Engen retailers and Engen head office, the school now has access to clean drinking water, water for their ablution facilities each day, an air-conditioned exam hall, a staff lounge, a library, a water connection to a vegetable garden and a fully-fitted kitchen. The water at the school will also be used by two neighbouring schools.

    The principal of Diepsloot Secondary School no.2, Matebogo Makhubedu is excited to finally have water at the school. Photo: Laura Pisanello

    The project was completed in just eight months and despite challenges, the learners and teachers at the school were ecstatic with the results.

    School governing body chairperson Matome Monyemangena explained the impact that the lack of water has had on the school. “We would rely on trucks to come and bring us water, sometimes the trucks didn’t come and we would have to send the children home early. Imagine from 2011, the hours of school the children have missed.”

    Gregg Rappoport, Tiaan Potgieter and Domenico Rotella of SGI Convenience are happy to have contributed to the project. Photo: Laura Pisanello

    Despite its many challenges, Diepsloot Secondary School no.2 has obtained a 100 per cent pass rate over the past three years. Principal of the school, Matebogo Makhubedu, said, “Honestly speaking I don’t know how we’ve done it… thanks to our sponsors, we can now call ourselves a school with resources.

    “It has been tiring, it has been emotional and sometimes for a week there wouldn’t be water… but we have still managed to achieve what we’ve achieved.”

    Tipu Moosa the chairman of Engen Dealer’s Geographical Advisory Panel Corporate Social Investment Committee was praised by all involved in the project for his commitment to the project. “This was quite a challenge but it was eight months of working on something that was spiritually uplifting as well as intellectually and every other way… it was a fantastic process and it must never stop,” said Moosa.

    The principal of Diepsloot Secondary School no.2 Matebogo Makhubedu is excited to finally have water at the school. Photo: Laura Pisanello

    Tshepo Magadla, also on Engen’s committee for the project, spoke to the learners. “Education is a great leveler… the beauty of education is that no one can take it away from you,” he said.

    The project was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Blue River Drilling, Container Conversions, Planact, Cash Connect, SGI Convenience, Kgwebong Consultants, KitKat and Corner Bakery.

    Source: Fourways Review