Plumbing industry helps primary school repair vandalised ablution facilities

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Plumbing industry helps primary school repair vandalised ablution facilities

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Leading participants in the South African plumbing industry recently responded to a call for help from Claremont Primary to repair their destroyed car wash.

The initiative was led by Dutton Plastics, which, with the help of the Institute of Plumbing South Africa, mobilized other companies to support this good cause. These included Tjeka Training Matters, Aquaffection, Lecico SA, Plumblink, Comap and Oatey.

The initiative was originally planned to take place on Nelson Mandela Day at the beginning of the year. However, it has been postponed due to the imposition of tighter restrictions on the collection and movement of people to contain the third wave of COVID-19 virus infections.

“As part of our corporate social investment initiatives, Dutton Plastics continues to help overhaul the wash facilities of toll-free schools. These projects help restore dignity by giving students and employees access to quality water and sanitation, ”says Charlene Joubert, Marketing and Sales Director, Dutton Plastics.

Dutton Plastics, Lecico SA, Plumblink, Comap and Oatey donated various components needed to repair and replace the damaged and stolen property. This included 23 wash basins with taps, traps and flexi connections as well as 23 toilet seats and mechanisms. This is in addition to a number of cisterns.

Tjeka Training Matters sent Nomsa Selala, a very competent trainer and assistant, Sibusiso Chanco, to the project free of charge to repair all of the school’s washrooms. She completed the installation in just five days. This was in time for the school to reopen after a short break in October.

“According to the Water Supply Act, everyone has the right to a basic supply of water and sanitary facilities. So we’re proud to have done our little bit to improve the conditions for the many young students attending classes at Claremont Primary, ”says Salala.

As part of the initiative, Aquaffection has also installed an electronic logger and various water saving mechanisms in the school to help the facility conserve water it draws from a borehole on the property.

Gerrie Brink, Managing Director of Aquaaffection, says these interventions have reduced demand at the school by 34%. As a result, the school can save over 1 million liters a year and contribute to # SurplusWater2025.

Brink is the founder of # SurplusWater2025. It provides Sector Education Training Authority-accredited training on efficiency and behavior change for companies contributing to their Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Scorecards. While this is a direct benefit, it mobilizes stakeholders to get involved and get excited about participating in water conservation.

“Between October 17 and 23, 2021, the total demand for the week was 40,198 KL with an average daily requirement of 5,743 KL and a daily peak demand of 9,564 KL. Before the intervention, the total weekly requirement was 60,738 KL with an average daily requirement of 10,123 KL and a peak daily requirement of 15.44 KL, ”says Brink.

In the meantime, the school has also improved its security to prevent future vandalism and property theft.

Claremont Primary is a toll-free school for more than 500 students, many of whom live in a large informal settlement between Claremont and Newclare in western Johannesburg. The school is fully dependent on government funding and therefore welcomes any private sector donation to help it work at the best possible level and provide students with high quality basic education.

Riana Breytenbach, Headmistress of Claremont Primary, says: “Many of our learners grow up under very difficult circumstances. They are certainly not used to this considerate treatment. The school management, teachers and students could not thank the companies that took part in this initiative better. “