Maps Maponyane (Photo: Supplied)
Johannesburg – Lending a helping hand in the community of Langrug in the Western Cape, TV personality Maps Maponyane joined luggage brand TUMI, global humanitarian aid organisation Waves for Water and local non-profit FLOW on an urgently needed water activation for the settlement's 7000 residents.
Langrug, which comprises over 2 500 shacks, had recently been severely affected by health problems stemming from an inadequate supply of clean water. A third of the inhabitants in the impoverished community also have no access to electricity or sanitation.
Speaking about the activation in a press statement, Maps said: "It is incredible to be part of a project like this with a brand like TUMI which is going all out to give back to the region in which it has a shop by ensuring that people have access to one of the earth's most important resources. Water is one of the most vital elements of life and it is wonderful to help them provide portable bucket based systems that will enable these people to clear out the impurities from the dirty water. This will enable them to be healthier and improve their quality of life - and it will also save them money as they will not have to buy as much bottled water to drink."
To help the community of Langrug, Water For Waves has constructed three rain catchment systems that will change the way water is accessed for years to come.
The combination of rain catchment systems and water filters will not only provide access to water but also provide a solution to ensuring that the collected water is safe to drink.