While KwaZulu-Natal has received some rains, Umgeni Water cautioned just last month that the province is not yet safe from worsening drought conditions, with a fifteen percent water restriction remaining in place in eThekwini. It is thought that the first proper rains will only come in September, or in the first quarter of next year. If rainfalls are worse than expected, we could see restrictions increasing to twenty percent. While for many of us, the impact is just browner lawns and less pressure in our showers, for others the effect of the drought has been significant, with the death of livestock and production at farms coming to a virtual standstill.

Thandazela Umvula, which translates to ‘pray for the rain’, was established in February 2016 to assist those whose  income had been effected by the severe drought gripping the farm land in Cato Ridge. The project teaches local women how to sew and crochet, upskilling the community, providing something to occupy the women’s time (as no work was available on the farms at the time), and offering an alternative income, with the crocheted animals that they produce being sold in shops and via social media.

Thandazela Umvula is currently holding an exhibition at the Woza Moya shop in the Fields Hill shopping centre in Kloof. If you know of a little boy or girl deserving of one of their fabulous creations, or if you just want to support this very worthwhile cause, please make sure to pay them a visit!