Operation Hydrate to deliver 1.2m litres of water

2016-02-05 13:52

Johannesburg - Thirty-one trucks left the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday morning to deliver 1.2 million litres of water to drought-stricken areas in South Africa.

Operation Hydrate co-ordinator Yusuf Abramjee said the project started a month ago when a group of individuals came together to help those affected by the drought.

They had collected R61m for the project, of which R50m had come from the lotto.

"We are reliving a life of being selfless. Choose not what makes you popular in life but what makes a difference in others," said Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Since the project started in January, over 4.2 million litres of water had been sent to different parts of South Africa.  

The 31 trucks that left Johannesburg Friday morning would deliver water to parts of the Free State, Northern Cape, and North West. Another 10 trucks would leave for KwaZulu-Natal later on Friday.

Mokonyane said it showed how ordinary people could make a difference. The project had received immense support from the public and various sectors of society.

Mokonyane said Coco-Cola would join the project at the end of February.

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