Updated June 29, 2010. We were momentarily thrilled to update our original Jan. 29, 2009 story on PlayPumps, again the subject of PBS Frontline tonight.
Unfortunately, the Frontline investigation Southern Africa: Troubled Water is a focus on all that has gone with this fabulous concept of delivering water in South Africa. A huge multi-media fundraising effect, PlayPumps ran before it could walk. Like many businesses that grow too fast, PlayPump ran into technical and quality problems.
Featured at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative, PlayPump received $10 million in US funding and a strong endorsement from JZ, once the Case Foundation got involved. (Steve Case, AOL)
“I feel that the intention was always positive and always well meant,” says Kristina Gubic, the former communications manager of PlayPumps International South Africa, “but that we could have been less focused on achieving quantity and more focused on getting it right from the outset, rather than the pressure to roll out as many pumps as you can.” via PBS Frontline
Reporter Amy Costello reports that PlayPump founder Trevor Field is interviewed in the program, about its problems. In May 2009, the board of PlayPumps International-US brought in a new CEO.