Tippy Tap systems donation launched
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By Lineo Ramatlapeng
Lesotho Red Cross Society provided essential relief tippy taps to Mokhotlong taxi rank today, as an effort to curb the spread of corona virus known to blow-out in crowded places.
Worth M217 000 and M30 000, the tippy taps were co-donated by the Standard Lesotho Bank and Petroleum Fund respectively.
Red Cross president Silase Mosuhli pleaded with the people of Mokhotlong to take care of the tap systems for sustainability purposes.
He said the tippy taps will help Mokhotlong people to be able to access water and honour health safety measures against the spread of the deadly Covid-19.
“You will be provided with maintenance tools in order to take care and maintain the tippy tap systems. Six tippy tap systems will be installed in Mokhotlong only and will be the district with many compared to others because there are only 30 systems to be allocated to all the districts of Lesotho,” Mosuhli said.
Beneficiaries at the rank were delighted to have received water tippy taps at the rank because of long term water crisis in Mokhotlong.
Mohlalifi Kokoropo said that they will take a good care of the systems because not only transport providers and users will benefit but small-scale business owners at the rank too.
“These tippy taps came at the right time when shortages of water in Mokhotlong force them to carry water in buckets on daily basis,” Kokoropo said.
He however took advantage of pleading with the government of Lesotho to boost their small businesses financially because they are either at the verge of closure or which have already closed due to Covid-19 national lockdown.
Standard Lesotho Bank spokesperson Manyathela Kheleli said STANLIB has set aside about M1.5 million that is going to help towards Covid-19 response.
Target groups for the tippy tap installation are taxi and bus terminus, district administrators, police stations, clinics and schools and churches.