The ongoing drought in the Eastern Cape has created significant water shortages in the Ugie and Maclear areas.
The Ugie town inhabitants and local farmers rely on water from the Wildebees river for drinking and irrigation. When the river dried up, PG Bison utilised their bulk water tanker and firefighting vehicles to deliver water to the local community, townships and schools. The water was drawn from the dams and boreholes on PG Bison’s property. “PG Bison is an integral member of the local community” said Pieter de Wet, the general manager of PG Bison’s NECF cluster. “We worked closely with the local district municipality to assist them” he says.
Water was also released into the river, and borehole water was provided to farmers further downriver to irrigate the land. “This is a critical time of the year for the potato farmers” said Pieter de Wet.
“Without PG Bison’s assistance we would have faced significant hardship and potential loss of our crops” says local farmer, Willem de Klerk.
The Elundini Local Municipality Executive Mayor, the Honorable NR Lengs, expressed her appreciation on behalf of the community.
Although the area has received rains, the drought is still ongoing.