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SALGA and SBS Solutions SA donates water tank to Bushbuckridge Local Municipality




Posted: 13 August 2021

For the 2021 Nelson Mandela month commemoration, SALGA donated a 50 000 litre water tank to the community of Thulamahashe in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. Due to water rationing and low pressure, the water supply to the community was inconsistent and insufficient to feed to most of the houses. The community required a water storage solution that would boost the pressure of supply to the area, which included the households of 250 community members and a local crèche. The partnership between the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, SALGA, and SBS® Solutions SA has meant that the community will now have access to water every day. 

As a result of the widespread protest action and road closures across the country in the month of July, the handover had to be rescheduled and took place on the 13th of August 2021.


Every year, in July, our country and the whole world celebrate the Nelson Mandela Month. The main reason we hold these Nelson Mandela events every July is to commemorate the 67 years that Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice in our country.  It has been a tradition of SALGA to participate in this commemoration on an annual basis by providing hands on support to local level projects on Nelson Mandela Day. This activity is rotated among the three districts on an annual basis and at each cycle a local municipality is identified in the district. This year Nelson Mandela day comes at a time when the whole world is fighting COVID-19 pandemic. Our country is experiencing an increase in infections and deaths due to this pandemic.

“Local government’s strength is closest to the community so Mandela Month is an opportunity for the sector to embed itself more deeply in the social, political and economic fabric of communities and also strengthen its position as the grass roots level of government in South Africa”, said Cllr. Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela who is a SALGA Provincial Executive Committee member and Chairperson of the Water Sanitation and Waste Management Working Group. Cllr. Mashigo-Sekgobela further reiterated the democratic right to vote for citizens, as we are approaching the 2021 Local Government Elections.

“Delivering water to our communities is a priority and part of our mandate from our leadership and national government. Most of our budgetary provisioning as municipalities is directed at access to water. We are grateful that our partnership with SALGA and SBS® Solutions SA, enabled us to provide water security to the Thulamahashe B3 district this year, in celebration of Mandela Day 2021”, said Bushbuckridge Executive Mayor Cllr. Sylvia Nxumalo.

“The 50000-litre water tank that we donated and installed will actively relieve the water challenges and shortages faced by this community,” said Mava Gwagwa, SBS® Solutions SA Director: New Business Development. “Through our relationship with SALGA and municipalities across South Africa we work to deliver water security solutions that are not only fast and effective, but that also serve to build for better in our communities. Our modular water tanks can be installed anywhere, no matter how remote the location. They are engineer-designed to withstand high wind and harsh environmental conditions and can be used for the storage of drinking water as well as many other chemicals.” 

SALGA would like to thank SBS Solutions SA in responding to the request to sponsor a water tank to ensure that the community has access to water, which is a basic human right.

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