Operation Hydrate delivers 4 million litres of water, and still counting

2016-02-03 20:18
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Operation Hydrate has distributed about four million litres of water so far and will this weekend add another million litres to this total as a convoy of 20 trucks leaves Johannesburg to deliver drinking water to people in drought-stricken areas.

Speaking on SABC2, Operation Hydrate spokesperson, Yaseen Theba, said a convoy of 20 trucks filled with water bottles would depart from the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

The organisation, driven by community volunteers, hosted a water drive with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly South Africa at the weekend where members of the public and corporate South Africa were invited to drop off sealed 5-litre bottles of drinking water.

“Our collection drive is continuing because people still need drinking water,” Theba said.

Since starting the initiative at the beginning of January, Operation Hydrate has had a snowball effect with scores of people making contributions.

Theba added that some areas had been subject to infrastructural failures because of the drought and asked municipalities in those areas to address these problems with urgency.

“We cannot allow fellow citizens to suffer,” he said.

Theba said the response they had received so far had been overwhelming.

South Africa remains in the grip of its worst drought in at least 23 years, despite the recent rains.

The main focus areas of Operation Hydrate are the Free State and the Eastern Cape.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.