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After providing assistance of R15-million to drought-stricken Makana in the Eastern Cape, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of non-governmental organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation has announced that the organisation will be withdrawing its trucks from the area.

After providing assistance of R15-million over four months to drought-stricken Makana municipality in the Eastern Cape, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of non-governmental organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation has announced that the organisation will be withdrawing its trucks from the area.

Sooliman’s announcement comes after he revealed that the department of water and sanitation (DWS) advised that Gift of the Givers would not receive remuneration for its work providing drought relief since February 12, as only companies from Grahamstown can be paid for the drought intervention.

In his statement, Sooliman said that the aid organisation had brought in a specialist hydrologist, Dr Gideon Groenewald, to site and successfully drill 15 boreholes in an area where the geology is very difficult and finding water a big challenge.They also tested the water — at a huge cost — brought in special filtration systems that they designed, delivered bottled water, and water by truck, and did everything possible to assist the community “as that was the priority.”

According to Mene, the department had allocated the municipality R12-million for “issues of underground water study,” and R1.3-million of that money was paid to a Port Elizabeth-based consultancy which studied the underground waters in the area.

“DWS has informed us, and we agree, that in terms of the relevant legislation and standard government processes, proper regulations must be followed in considering any funding to Gift of the Givers. We need to follow these processes so that we do not flout supply chain regulations and give rise to audit queries,” their statement said.

Sooliman told McKaiser that since the announcement, he has received many calls of support. He added that representatives from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office had informed him that a special task team has been assembled to deal with the matter as soon as possible.

Read more: Mail & Guardian

CIA32901112 As always, let the honest and competent do the job and have the politically connected take the loot. How sad! What is wrong with us? Don’t we have a conscience?

Department says Makhanda reports ‘not true’, then throws Gift of the Givers under municipal busThe NGO says it was screwed over to the tune of millions, while the water department appears to have officially washed its hands of responsibility.

Gift of the Givers to withdraw from Makhanda after spending millionsAfter drilling boreholes and providing water to the town for three months, other companies were paid instead of the organisation, forcing them to leave. I don't blame them. They've done so much there already. Now local government must step up. I wish I could just pack my things n leave this country.😭 Fill the boreholes you drilled with cement - typical MYANC thievery at work - how can someone be paid for another’s work?

Gift of the Givers pulls out of dry Makhanda, says other companies paid for its workGift of the Givers spokesperson Imtiaz Sooliman says while the organisation maintained an amicable relationship with the municipality, the government edged it out of millions of rand spent during the height of the water crisis in Makhanda . kaveels Good. kaveels Excellent kaveels ANC should start high academics in these towns where poverty is the champion

Why Gift of the Givers withdrew services from Makhanda after spending R15m Makhanda , formerly known as Grahamstown , faces a major water crisis. Gift of the Givers had stepped in to help the municipality.

Gift of the Givers 'not paying too much attention' to new video of abducted SA photographerGift of the Givers said on Tuesday it is aware of a new video showing SA photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed pleading to be rescued from his captors.

VIDEO: New Shiraaz Mohamed video is modified, says Gift of the Givers | Sunday TribuneThe Gift of the Givers said they were not paying attention to a second video of South African photographer Shiraaz Mohamed. We must bring him home

Gift of the Givers 'not paying too much attention' to new video of abducted SA photographerGift of the Givers said on Tuesday it is aware of a new video showing SA photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed pleading to be rescued from his captors. Hebanna .......who sent u there kanna

Gift of the Givers 'not paying too much attention' to new video of abducted SA photographerGift of the Givers said on Tuesday it is aware of a new video showing SA photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed pleading to be rescued from his captors.

Government to pay R10m to private contractors for work Gift of the Givers was already doing | IOL NewsDr Imtiaz Sooliman said that the organisation could on a matter of principle, not continue with its relief efforts and would be leaving the town, along with the Jojo tanks and filtration systems they brought. what a sad day. one of the GREATEST humanitarian organizations ever, and the government treats them like this There is now new dawn here. just same old crooks..How could they do such? So sorry Mr Sooliman. Dont be disillusioned. It's Ramadhan...God will atest

Grace Mugabe 'assaults helper because Uncle Bob gave the worker money as a gift'Shupikai Chiroodza said in her court papers that Mugabe shouted at her and grabbed her by her neck after finding out about the cash gift.

Ndlovu tips Gift Links to succeed him'He had a wonderful season. I like his passion and his educated left foot is second to none.' SihleNdebeleSK

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