The Rotary Club of Table Bay, together with the Rotary Club of Claremont, donated a solar panel, charger, battery and inverter to the Khomani San community living in Botswana. Two donkeys, two portable composting toilets and initial costs for repairing an existing borehole have also been made to the Botswana community, living 120 kilometres from the Gemsbok border post, close to the town of Struizendam.

“The Khomani San is one people group split across three different countries: Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. This is because of conflict, formation of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and a lack of water supply. The community living in Botswana have found a suitable site where they can continue living in their old traditional ways and we have been able to help them establish their new home,” explains John Britz, from the Rotary Club of Table Bay.

The solar panel will provide the power required to operate the borehole, once it is fixed. In the interim, the donkeys will be used to transport water supplies to the community from the nearest town. Each donkey will carry two 25 litre containers of water along an 8 km path through the desert. The portable composting toilets will be used mainly by visitors to the community, as there are no ablution facilities to accommodate large groups.

“There are many people from around the world interested in visiting the San people and learning more about their traditional way of life and wisdom which is passed down orally to the next generation. It will be much easier for the Khomani San in Botswana to communicate with visitors now that they have a solar panel and are able to charge their phones and electronic devices,” says Britz.

The donation was made possible with funds provided by the Rotary Club of Claremont’s Outreach Committee. Its Chairperson, Monique Stuart-Fox says, “It is wonderful to see how lives are touched in some of the most remote parts of District 9350. We are pleased to partner with other Rotary Clubs in completing important and worthwhile projects that help others.” Over the past six years, the Rotary Club of Claremont distributed R1.5 million through its Outreach Committee.