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Makhanda schools forced to adapt to being without water during drought

Some schools in parts of the town are affected by the ongoing drought which are causing sanitation problems.

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers fills up a water tank at the Ntsika Secondary School in Makhanda, in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

MAKHANDA - Drought conditions are causing headaches for schools situated in Makhanda as they experience daily shortages.

The Eastern Cape was declared a drought disaster area last month.

Some schools in parts of the town are affected by the ongoing drought which are causing sanitation problems.

At Archie Mbolekwa Primary School, after 10am almost every day, the taps run dry.

The toilets stop flushing, so learners can't use them and they are forced to use the bushes instead.

This was not the only concern for principal Lindiso Funani - without water they can't cook at the school either.

"It's dangerous for them. Myself and the HDO went to the municipality and they promised to help us but seemingly they cannot."

A nearby school, Ntiska Secondary, faced closure not so long ago but principal Madeleine Schoeman was determined not to let it come to that.

Schoeman's school was lucky though in that it got a Gift of the Givers' borehole on the premises.

"The caretakers would fill the rubbish bins with water and then we'd have buckets and bins near the toilets. Everyone has to use that but at least we keep the school going."