GWK continuously strives to make a difference! Read the urgent letter posted.

Tumi Malema (GWK National Coordinator) with some of the volunteers and students at the recent 19 Oct 2023 Suidheuwel Primary School workshop with 192 kids in attendance. 


Since 2019, the Groundwater Kids, an NPO, has inspired young minds with groundwater awareness outreaches through a number of successful workshops hosted at schools across Gauteng.


 In 2022, the Groundwater Kids Foundation were also invited by Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg Newtown to host workshops within their classrooms and  Water Centre. Workshops were conducted with different age groups from different schools that visited the Centre. A number of Ground Water Division Young Professionals volunteered at these workshops.

Extract from GWK Presentation at EEASA Conference 2022 in Namibia 

A special thank you to the Water Research Commission for supporting the recent outreach to 

13 October - Lawley Primary School (*)

19 October - Suidheuwel Primary - 192 Students  

with special materials such as water cycle posters, water comics and water fact booklets.

Read this


(*)Letter from the Groundwater Kids Foundation 

RE: Request for Assistance with Water Crisis at Lawley Primary School

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to bring to your attention a dire situation that we recently encountered during a visit to Lawley Primary School. On the 13th October 2023, our organization, the Groundwater Kids Foundation, in partnership with Nedbank, had the opportunity to visit the school, but we were deeply saddened to find that most of the learners had already been dismissed by 9 am. The reason for this early dismissal was due to a severe water shortage in the area.

It has come to our attention that Lawley Primary School has been facing this water shortage for several months, with no indication of relief from the government. The school currently does have a borehole, but unfortunately, it has been languishing, broken for a staggering nine years. Understanding the challenges faced by the school, we kindly implore the Ground Water Division or its members/ member organisations to consider sponsoring or donating your services towards the installation and maintenance of a fully functional borehole at Lawley Primary School. Additionally, our partners at Nedbank are open to negotiate partnering towards this endeavour.

Your expertise and assistance in this matter would not only alleviate the immediate water shortage but also contribute to the long-term well-being and educational experience of the students.

We understand that the Ground Water Division may be financially cautious given the current economic climate, but we appeal to your sense of compassion and generosity, and considering that we have enjoyed a wonderful working relationship in the past.

The students at Lawley Primary School are in desperate need of a reliable water supply, which is vital for their education, health, and overall development. By providing support in this endeavour, you would make a lasting impact on their lives.

We kindly request that you consider our proposal and take action to assist Lawley Primary School in securing a fully functional borehole. We would be more than willing to provide any additional information or documentation that may be required as you review this request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
Ms. Tumi Malema
National Coordinator,
Groundwater Kids Foundation
[email protected]

We appeal to our membership to contact us ([email protected]) or Tumi directly should you wish to volunteer some time to assess the problems with the borehole./ pump so we can find out what the problem is and how to take it further.