Opening of the 4th borehole at Ntsika Secondary School in Joza, the largest township in Grahamstown. This borehole pumps 90 000lts per hour, a second borehole will be drilled at the school where the community may collect from more conveniently.
Gift of the Givers delivered 2 truckloads of fodder to the distressed farmers of Voel Vlei and Die Vlaktes in Mossel Bay.
Farmers were overwhelmed by this delivery as they could no longer afford to feed their livestock. One farmer sold his vehicles in order to be able to purchase animal feed.
While visiting 2 farms with journalist Henk Kruger, our team discovered 15 dead sheep in the fields.
Save the sheep, save the farm, save the farmer, save the farmworker, save the economy. 2019 - drought is decimating South Africa.
Gift of the Givers arrived in Beaufort West on 5 February to deliver two trucks of water for the emergency room. Ali Sablay, Gift of the Givers Project Coordinator, was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor Truman Prince, Speaker, Michael Motsoane and Chief, Whip Kilani who accompanied our team to the store room, the reclamation plant and Gamka dam.
The drought in South Africa has had a devastating impact on man and animal; many South Africans are not aware of the extent of the catastrophe. Gift of the Givers has delivered R65 million of fodder in the period August 2017 - December 2018.
The new delivery commenced today with a generous contribution of R600 000 of high quality luserne from Rall Yzelle in Thabazimbi. This load is earmarked for
Gift of the Givers delivered 6000 x 5 lt bottled water to the drought stricken community of Laingsburg. Tap water is not drinkable.
In attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Laingsburg, Irene Brown.
"Last emergency Bottle Water to Run out in Beaufort West
The Beaufort West Municipality will be running out of emergency bottle water within the next day.
This is a direct result of the low reservoir levels in town over the past months that caused that the municipality had to distribute the emergency water that was donated by Gift of the Givers for Day Zero and emergency cases.
Following urgent delivery of bottled water to crisis hit Laingsburg and Beaufort West in the last two weeks, Gift of the Givers expected more municipalities to call us directly as many of the outlying Western Cape areas are water distressed for several weeks now. Gift of the Givers brought in 300 containers of bottled water by ship and road to Cape Town from January 2018 at our cost to assist the
First it was Beaufort West that ran out of water two weeks ago. Gift of the Givers received frantic calls from the municipality, responded and is still responding.
Today Gift of the Givers received frantic calls again: "Laingsburg Municipality is currently running out of water. The main water source, Soutkloof fountain has dried up. Very low levels of water in the main reservoir and consumption
Hertzogville in the Free State ran out of water in December as the reservoir pumps broke. Gift of the Givers sent in water whilst the pumps were being repaired.
Opening of the 3rd borehole in Grahamstown at the Settlers Monument. This centre hosts roughly 40 events annually and is one of the main attractions in Grahamstown.
One of the biggest science events is scheduled to take place next week right here where over 30 000 pupils from all around the country will converge. This festival was on the verge of being cancelled due to the current drought
Tomorrow the drilling rig will be positioned at other sites with a similar rock formation where it is expected that higher yields of water will be found
We have subsequently received calls from Riebeeck East, Amathole District (Queenstown) where over 50 000 people in 100 villages are without water for several
Gift of the Givers delivered Bottled Water to all the ECD's, schools, hospitals, Old Age Homes and Police Stations around Makhanda (Grahamstown). Water was also dropped off for the community at the various collection points.
Gift of the Givers is grateful for the assistance received from SAPS, Eastern Cape Traffic Control and SANDF.
The Gouritz river has been dry for the last 4 years due to the devastating drought in the Karoo. It runs thru Leeu Gamka, Laingsburg, Prince Albert, Albertina and Mossel Bay.
Gift of the Givers had provided pallets to farmworkers in Sutherland. This is the type of house built by them out of their own creativity.
Gift if the Givers delivers bottled water and water purification powder from Proctor and Gamble to 2 clinics in Limpopo. The patients from nearby villages still consume water from the river posing a huge risk to their health.
The Malepo and Mamushi clinics additionally received:
3 x bulk packs of adult diapers
4 x boxes of cotton wool
3 x bulk packs of baby diapers
1 x box of hand sanitizer
Gift of the Givers handed over 50 000lt of Bottled Water to the Kannaland Muncipality which is part of the Klein Karoo.
The Gift of the Givers team was welcomed into the town by Kannaland Mayor, Magdalene Barry.
In an attempt to save water, some municipalities turn off the water supply between 9pm and 5am.
Gift of the Givers loading bottled water for the drought stricken town of Laingsburg at our warehouse in Tygerberg. MEC for Local Goverment, Minister Anton Bredell, present during loading.
Fodder Delivery continues.
"Today we're short of words to express our gratitude towards GIFT OF THE GIVERS. In an ongoing drought it is more likely to lose... Rather than gain hope. But thanks to all of you, we were once again blessed, with free transport for 3 trucks of lucern. Thank you for giving us hope, and the courage to continue what we were born to do... Farming! We want to thank you