The charity organisation, Gift of the Givers, has donated more than 16,000 five litre bottles of water to residents of farming areas along the Berg River, who are running out of drinking water. Allauddin Sayed, Regional Manager of Gift of the Givers, arranged for the offloading of 16,128 five litre bottles of water at the Paarl Agrimark. According to Giel van Deventer, Manager of the Berg River Irrigation Board, who received the water, the Berg River is the source of drinking water for many farmworkers in this area. “Although there will be sufficient water available in avoiding Day Zero for the metropole, farmers in the Berg River Valley are unnecessarily disadvantaged as their water supply is cut off.”
The bottled water will be stored at the Paarl and Wellington Agrimark stores, and will be for the exclusive use of those living on farms where the using of water from the Berg River is prohibited. Jan van Niekerk, Manager of the Paarl Agrimark, said that he was more than happy to become involved with the project by making the warehouse available as a storage base for the bottled water. By doing this, they are also serving the community. According to Jan he was informed by Gift of the Givers that another consignment was on its way within one week.
The Gift of the Givers Foundation is a South African Non-governmental organization started by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman in 1992. It is the largest disaster relief group of African origin. Gift of the Givers has worked in many countries around the world, including Bosnia, Pakistan, Somalia, Haiti and Zimbabwe.
(Photo) The truck with the bottled water entering the Paarl Agrimark premises