Breede Valley Reaches Day Zero

The Western Cape drought is serious. Many don't understand that as yet. Breede Valley, Drakenstein and neighbouring areas have reached Day Zero. There is NO drinking water. Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management contacted Gift of the Givers over the weekend requesting urgent support for these regions. Four Gift of the Givers trucks left Bramley this morning carrying 120 tons of water.     Mayor Coonrad Poole and possibly Mayor Antoinette Steyn or the Speaker of the Parliament will be on hand to meet the trucks when they arrive at 10am tomorrow. Farmers, farm managers, farm labourers and their families are urgently in need of drinking water. The rivers are dry and the dams are virtually empty.

Gift of the Givers have received tremendous support from the people of South Africa for drought intervention. One agency has offered us 20 million litres of water, delivery of which commences this week. In the meantime truck loads of water by road and container loads by ship have already been sent by Gift of the Givers to Cape Town. Water is being stored in various government facilities as we are the official partner to the government's drought intervention programme. Distribution has been taking place to many institutions desperately requesting water. In essence when supply can't meet demand then we are at Day Zero. At many schools the taps have run dry already, there is no water for toilets nor for flushing. Requests for assistance is pouring in from multiple institutions throughout the Western Cape region and we are delivering as fast as we can.

Tomorrow, 13 March, Gift of the Givers will begin the process of loading 42 containers of bottled water from our Logistics Centre at Bramley, for transport to Durban harbour and onwards sailing to Cape Town. Gift of the Givers has been very active drilling boreholes in multiple areas to "save" as many communities as possible. Details at a later stage. Increased funding for boreholes will assist us to increase the intervention exponentially.