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2016-02-17 11:30
Gift of the Givers operations manager Salim Sayed has been overwhelmed with the amounts of water being collected for the drought relief programme.

Gift of the Givers operations manager Salim Sayed has been overwhelmed with the amounts of water being collected for the drought relief programme. (Kailene Pillay, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - More than two million litres of water have been collected in KwaZulu-Natal alone, and there is much more pouring in.

Gift of the Givers operations manager Salim Sayed said he has been overwhelmed by the support from the local community since the start of their drought relief campaign last September.

“It is amazing to see how people get together so quickly in times of disaster. Schools, religious organisations, malls, businesses and the man on the street have come together and that is something to be proud of,” said Sayed.

Gift of the Givers started their collections in September last year, shortly after the news of the drought spread. Sayed said initially water was being collected from KwaZulu-Natal, however months later, “the rest of South Africa has come on board collecting water”.

“The boreholes and taps are dry and water restrictions in some areas are adding to the burden,” said Sayed.

Gift of the Givers has been distributing water to water-stricken areas around the province and country.

Water was also distributed to areas such as Imbali and KwaPata where the water supply was cut off by the municipality for long periods due to repairs on pipes.

Sayed said the most difficult part is knowing people walk very long distances to fetch water. “Once in Nongoma I saw a little girl carrying a drum bigger in size than her. I kept wondering how she would fill the drum with water and carry it back to wherever she came from. But she did and that broke my heart,” said Sayed.

Gift of the Givers is calling on people to make any donation toward the drought relief campaign.

“People can bring in water, tanks, cash or offers to transport water to areas. Any donation that will help the communities, farmers and animals is welcome,” added Sayed.

People can donate sealed bottles of water at their warehouse at 31 Willowton Road. Shoprite Checkers will also be matching the donation of every five litre container of water bought at their stores. “We want to thank our supporters and everyone who has donated or is planning to donate. The people in the drought-stricken areas really do appreciate it,” added Sayed.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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