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Drought-stricken areas to be handed lifeline

Various organisations have joined forces to launch the country's biggest 'water drive' to help affected areas.

A team from Operation Hydrate distribute water to the Engo Aged Care Centre in Senekal, Free State in January 2016. Picture: Mohammed Seedat/Operation Hydrate
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JOHANNESBURG – The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Operation Hydrate and Proudly South African have joined forces to launch the country's biggest 'water drive'.
 
The initiative is in an effort to bring much needed and urgent relief to communities across the country that have been hit by the devastating drought.

Operation Hydrate delivered thousands of litres of water in the North West yesterday.
 
The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang has called on South Africans to lend a hand and assist affected communities

“It gives us great pleasure to be associated with an initiative in which South Africans, in a moment of crisis, help fellow citizens. This is precisely the call Madiba made when he said it’s in your hands.” 
Furthermore, the George Municipality has joined Operation Hydrate in collecting water for drought-stricken areas.

The Eden District this week recorded dam levels of over 100 percent capacity thanks to recent rains in the region.

George Mayor Charles Standers says residents are particularly keen to help struggling areas following the two-year George drought between 2007 and 2009.

“We have more than enough water in our city and dams are 100 percent full. Because of our situation we then decided to support this cause.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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