Port Elizabeth - A hydrologist with the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has found drinking water in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape at his first drilling attempt.
The organisation said that Dr Gideon Groenewald, who is also a geologist and palaeontologist, struck liquid gold on Tuesday drilling at 145 metres into a rock formation which is conservatively expected to produce 20 000 litres of pure drinking water per day as a "very conservative estimate".
Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman said the drilling rig will be positioned at other sites with a similar rock formation where it is expected that higher yields of water will be found at a lesser depth.
"The aim is to drill at as many sites as possible to provide a sustainable alternative to bottled water which is an emergency stop-gap measure. Dr Groenewald has supervised the drilling of 200 boreholes with Martyn Landmann (drilling company) for Gift of the Givers in an eight-month period providing 50 million litres of water per day."
Animal fodder that was brought in on Wednesday morning from Howick in KwaZulu Natal will be distributed to various emerging farmers through their chiefs to bring relief to starving animals.