Bloukrans learners struggling without water

03 Feb 2017 14:10pm
By Petrus Muronga
BLOUKRANS, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - Learners of Bloukrans Primary School, situated about 70 kilometres east of Windhoek in the Dordabis area, have been using the bushes as toilets because of a lack of running water since 2003.
Toilets and bathrooms have been locked and learners in the hostel use buckets to wash themselves.
Anna Plaatjies, an institutional worker at the school hostel, told Nampa recently cooking for the learners has become a struggle.
The school has 200 learners enrolled in grades 1 to 7, and most of them are hostel dwellers.
The new owner of the farm on which the borehole that supplied the school with water is situated, stopped the supply.
The school and borehole are on two different farms.
Efforts to get hold of this farmer were fruitless.
The school currently gets water delivered by truck from a borehole on a neighbouring farm.
Jakob Korner, a co-owner of Farm Waldheinis Ruhe on which the school is situated, told this agency recently he helped the school with water after the new owner stopped the supply, but also had to stop when his borehole could no longer sustain him and the school.
However, a recent meeting between school principal Herrybert Beukes and neighbouring farmers agreed that all farms surrounding the school should from now on supply the school with water on a monthly basis.
Alexander Korner (Jakob’s cousin) said anything that has to do with the school is their concern.
“We are willing to help because we were once learners of this school and our children attended school here,” he said.
Jakob said he is ready to assist the school anytime, but pleaded with the school's management to help him rehabilitate the borehole since it has been damaged.
Another farmer said their plan is not to sell water to the school but the school should meet them halfway by providing them with electricity, because their power generators use electricity to pump water from the boreholes.
The school was established in 1949 by the owners of the land at the time and donated to the Ministry of Education after Namibia’s independence in 1990.
There are nine full-time teachers.
Beukes refused to comment on the matter, noting that the issue is being dealt with by his supervisors in Windhoek.
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Public Relations Officer, Johanna Absalom said the Khomas Regional Directorate delivers water to the school twice a week.
“We are paying a neighbouring farmer to provide the school with water from his borehole,” said Absalom, without elaborating on the costs involved.