Following breaking news from the Eastern Cape regarding health facilities and their lack of running water for basic sanitation and hygiene, water storage pioneer Mannie Jnr. Ramos, COO of Abeco Tanks urges government and industry players to prioritise water on the health agenda.

In March 2020 Ramos urged that water had to get back on the health agenda and required critical intervention. He called for a greater focus and consultation with industry players regarding the looming water crisis that Covid-19 would bring.

“What is happening in the Eastern Cape hospitals is further proof that leaders in government must intervene now before it is too late,” he said.

In the epicentre of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the province – Nelson Mandela Bay Metro – health workers in one facility use a bath as a storage “tank” to store water where they scoop water out to flush toilets and wash their hand.

“We urged, from the start of the pandemic, that government should take heed of water scarcity and supply together with the development and implementation of Coronavirus strategies,” Ramos said. “Water sanitation and hygiene is essential to reducing the spread of infection and multi resistant germs like Covid-19.”

He believes that investment and urgent delivery of water storage solutions that are properly planned and delivered can help clinics that do not have running water. “These tanks have to be fit for purpose. At the outset of the pandemic the entire supply of plastic tanks in the country was purchased, as government rushed to get water to areas without it.

“But the tanks employed at the time – 5000 litre plastic water tanks – are meant for individual home use.

“We must ensure the solutions in place are right for the number of people working and visiting a health facility and their average consumption and usage patterns.” Ramos likened the solution employed at the outset of the pandemic to using a smart car instead of a taxi to support commuter’s needs.

“As can be seen in the Eastern Cape, we are failing constitutionally regarding water infrastructure even at the level of basic supply,” added Ramos. “Water stewardship and investment in Water, Sanitation and Health infrastructure is necessary not only during this Covid-19 crisis, but to meet the challenges of water scarcity that are predicted to worsen by 2030.”

Ramos believes that the country has the capabilities to deliver water storage solutions, for example the Abeco Tanks manufacturing facility in Johannesburg had been up and running producing tanks for many health facilities in Africa.

“We just have to work together to come up with the most effective solution to saves lives,” he concludes.  

About Abeco

Abeco Tanks is a pioneer in water storage solutions and a champion of water as the most important currency in Africa. The Johannesburg-based company has been operating in the continent for over 35 years, designing, manufacturing and installing innovative water storage solutions. The company operates in 35 countries across the globe including Africa, Central America and the Middle East. With a 269,000 square foot manufacturing facility, employing over 120 people, Abeco Tanks has become a definitive leader in its space.  Abeco has erected more water tanks in Southern Africa than any other company and their tanks have become beacons of hope in difficult times. 


26 July 2020, News 24, Staff at Eastern Cape Hospitals store water bath fill buckets to clean toilets.

About Mannie Jnr. Ramos

Mannie is the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Abeco Tanks, a family-owned business. Mannie Jnr., armed with a wealth of finance and management expertise together with his brother Duane Ramos (MD), took over the reigns of the successful company from their father, Mannie Snr. Ramos who is now Executive Chairman. Mannie Jnr. has an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK, and began a successful finance career working in the US, Dubai, Australia, Singapore and the UK for companies such as Symantec, Veritas, Transport for London and British Credit. He returned to South Africa seven years ago in a leadership role in the family business, spearheading the company’s growth over three continents. 

Mannie is the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Abeco Tanks
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Photography by Jeremy Glyn for Abeco in July 2020.
Mannie Ramos
Executive Chairman ABECO.

Photography by Jeremy Glyn for Abeco in July 2020.
Mannie Ramos
Executive Chairman ABECO.

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