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Operation Hydrate hits jackpot as Lotteries board pledges R50mln

The drought relief initiative has donated 2,5 million litres of water since the first week of January.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane commends the initiative by Operation Hydrate and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to supply bottled water to drought-stricken areas. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced that the National Lotteries Board will donate R50 million to Operation Hydrate, aimed at combatting the devastating effects of the ongoing drought

This morning the Nelson Mandela Foundation opened its doors to collaborate with the water initiative and collect donations of bottled water.

Since the first week of January, the operation has distributed 3,5 million litres of water to those parts of the country hardest hit by the drought.

Operation Hydrate began with a hand full of civil society servants communicating over a Whatsapp group and has already distributed millions of litres of water to the driest parts of the country.

Minister Mokonyane commended the drive as she announced the pledge by the lotteries board.

“They found that Operation Hydrate is one of the critical things now; it is a deserving project that must be supported.”

Mango Airline and Dischem donated 2,5 million litres of water to the cause.

LISTEN: ‘We’re not taking our water situation seriously enough’

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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