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Operation Hydrate launches in Cape Town

Since its inception, the NGO has distributed nine million litres of water in drought-stricken areas.

Thousands of liters of water is being unloaded at Focus Fabrics in Cape Town. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The campaign to combat water scarcity, Operation Hydrate, has launched its Cape Town leg today.

The initiative was established in January.

Since, then the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has distributed more than nine million litres to drought-stricken areas across the country.

Thousands of litres of water are being offloaded from a truck this afternoon.

The containers are then packed in the Focus Fabrics building in Woodstock.

The water has been donated by corporates and members of the public.

Operation Hydrate's Yaseen Theba says the building will be the main drop-off point for Cape Town residents who want to donate water to the campaign.

"We think that it is important that we have a base in Cape Town so that we can consolidate all the water in the area and have it packaged and distributed to areas closer to Cape Town."

Theba says the water will be distributed to different drought-stricken communities across South Africa.

TUTU FOUNDATION LENDS A HAND

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation are backing Operation Hydrate in its bid to provide thousands more people with much-needed water.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his wife Leah, along with Mandla Mandela and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille attended the event.

The foundation's Razaan Bailey says the partnerships strengthen the campaign.

"The drought affects all of us all as South Africans and so this is a good opportunity for us to join people who are already doing good for others. We actually help each other out with our funders calling on South Africans to do their little bit to help those experiencing the drought in other parts of the country

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also pledged their support to the cause.

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