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Water and sanitation department thanks Operation Hydrate donors

The water and sanitation department has welcomed efforts by the Gift of the Givers Foundation to alleviate the effects of drought in the Free State by providing water to residents.

In a statement to The New Age, department spokesperson Themba Khumalo said several areas in the province experienced a dire need for water despite a daily supply of 260 000 litres through his department’s drought intervention programme.

He said Gift of the Givers and Massmart retailers have donated four tanks and 125 000 litres for harvesting water, while WBHO Construction contributed two tankers and eight water harvesting tanks.

“The Sai Group added 15 000 litres in water containers and Vodacom contributed R300 000 that was accompanied by bottled water,” Khumalo said.

He said the primary response by the disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers was the provision of water via tankers and through boreholes and the commitment to drill more boreholes.

“The organisation supplied food, school uniforms, stationery and other necessities that were distributed in the province and more supplies are expected to follow,” Khumalo said.

He said the department reiterated its message for all South Africans to use water wisely and sparingly to mitigate the effects of the drought across the country.

The affected towns are mostly in the eastern Free State, including Senekal, Marquard, Clocolan, QwaQwa and Smithfield in the southern part of the province.

First published in The New Age

By Becker Semela

21 January

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