Cape Town - The Dis-Chem Foundation joined low-cost airline Mango to increase the carrier's contribution to drought relief to well over 2 million litres of drinking spring water.
This is in partnership with Operation Hydrate, Proudly South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation with a renewed call for support and water drive this week.
Since joining the drought relief programme ten days ago Operation Hydrate and Mango have provided thousands of litres of water across South Africa - to areas such as Senekal, Free State and Matatiele, Eastern Cape.
This week, Team Mango and Friends will be heading to affected towns in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.
The Dis-Chem Foundation plans to more than double-up water purchases from funds raised.
"Together with the Dis-Chem Foundation we are able to pledge and distribute an additional two million litres of Bene water,” says Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout.
“This substantially amplifies our water donation and, with contributions from several of our partners, guests and friends - we can make a real difference.”WATCH: Harrowing drone footage shows Free State drought
In the past ten days Avis, Lanseria International Airport, Star Air Cargo, Bid-Air Services and Pernod Ricard joined Mango with handsome assistance and contributions.
The severe drought and extreme heatwaves are felt by everyone South Africa, explained the Dis-Chem Foundation’s Lynette Saltzman, noting that the mobilisation of the country’s citizenry is unprecedented.
Such unity in the face of crisis has flourished out of a simple call for help on social media.
The Dis-Chem Foundation will team up with Mango and Friends' Operation Hydrate to distribute water this week.
“It is almost as if South Africans have drawn a laager around the drought with relief an around-the-clock operation to lighten the burden of this severe challenge,” says Operation Hydrate spokesperson Yaseen Theba.
The project continues to grow daily, with large numbers of companies and members of the public donating water, transportation and volunteer labour to make the relief project possible, explained Theba.
The project has since delivered over 3 million litres of drinking water and with the Dis-Chem Foundation's additional contribution in the next few days, it will total 5 million litres.
Mango will continue to ask South African's for assistance to alleviate conditions of the drought.