ONGOING water outages at five Rhodes University residences have forced management to appeal to staff who have water at home to "adopt a student" so they can take a shower and do laundry.
Several offers from staff – and even concerned Grahamstown residents – to help students who have been left high and dry for the past two weeks began pouring in soon after Dean of Students Dr Vivian de Klerk issued her campus-wide appeal yesterday morning.
"If you have water at home, and could offer to take students 'under your wing' and ensure they have a decent shower and/or do laundry, it could make a huge difference to their quality of life right now," she said.
Desmond Tutu Hall administrator Cindy Jeggels, who was busy pairing students up with people who had made offers to help with a shower and a place to do laundry, said some people had even volunteered transport. "There has been a great response to the 'adopt a student' plan."
Students Dudu Majozi and Craig Dennison – who both stay in residences that have been dry for two weeks and have been washing elsewhere – yesterday said they were happy to finally be able to get their clothing washed.
Taps ran dry at the five high-lying residences two weeks ago and the Makana Municipal has been stymied trying to reinstate it by ongoing technical problems.