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Nelson Mandela Foundation urges public to join Operation Hydrate

The foundation says its doors will be open to receive donations all weekend.

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.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela Foundation has joined Operation Hydrate in efforts to provide bottled water to areas hardest hit by the drought.

Operation Hydrate began at the beginning of the year and has already distributed over three million tons of water across the country.

South Africa is battling the worst drought in 23 years.

The foundation has urged members of the public to make their contribution to Operation Hydrate by donating bottled water at its offices in Houghton.

A number of beverage trucks are stationed outside the offices today, with companies ready to sell bottled water at cost price.

The foundations CEO Sello Hatang says their doors will be open all weekend to receive donations.

Various corporates have joined the initiative, which is aimed at bringing much needed relief to the country's driest regions.

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