A Visit to Sutherland

You turn off the N1 coming from Touws Rivier, the 110km drive from here is beautiful, serene and scenic; no sign of life, no vehicle on the road, just peace and magnificent scenery. We enter Sutherland, a large group of hopeful farmers are gathered around the two Gift of the Givers trucks that brought fodder from Free State and the third truck contracted by us bringing cotton from the Kimberley area.

The gathering commences with all of us holding hands and a prayer is said out aloud acknowleding the Supreme Being manifesting His Mercy through yet another load of life giving fodder for suffering, hungry animals who cannot verbalise their own difficulty. The gratitude is visible in the farmers eyes, the look in their faces, the warmth of their handshake and even in their silence. The love for their animals is visibly manifest. In a disciplined manner everyone falls in line, patiently awaiting their turn as our three trucks start offloading their precious cargo. The Gift of the Givers drivers haven't slept a wink driving through. They are acutely aware of the urgency of the intervention. Their fortitude, resilience and determination to serve as a credit to them as individuals. With big smiles they load the bales on to bakkies. This is not about Black and White or them and us or Christian and Muslim, it is about our humanity, acknowledging our diversity, holding hands together because we are ALL South African. The farm labourers receive their food parcels. They accept with quiet dignity. The school children collect their stationery with beaming smiles, the teacher says they've never received such a big gift ever. That smile conceals an underlying tragedy - many of these children are victims of foetal alcohol syndrome. Their capacity to progress is limited. We came here to deal with drought, a natural phenomenon, but are witnesses to human induced destruction in the form of unchecked alcohol consumption. We can but only pray for beneficial rain, mindfulness and responsible human behaviour.

Next stop Beaufort West to visit Oom Gideon (Dr Gideon Groenewald), specialist hydrologist, appointed by Gift of the Givers, to find underground water and save the town. The signs are very good, there is a positive ring to his voice, from 24 000 litres per day we are now at 280 000 litres per day with potential for substantially more. The search continues.

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Vredendal Farm Labourers

Vredendal Farm Labourers
In addition to assisting the animals Gift of the Givers delivered 3000 food parcels to Vredendal to assist the farm labourers who are working short time or have lost their jobs because of the drought destroying livelihoods.
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Assistance to MylifE/Lulutho Foundation

Assistance to MylifE/Lulutho Foundation
MylifE/Lulutho Foundation is based in Mtwaku, Nqamakwe, Eastern Cape, and are in the middle of 53 rural Villages in South Africa.

On 20 May they were robbed of 3 Solar panels from a 16 panel Monochrome system, rendering the largest Solar extraction unit in the Country, useless.

They were able to pump in full sun, 100000 litres a day which has meant the Tunga Valley received their first ever
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28/09/2017 - Bottled Water for Port Shepstone Community

28/09/2017 - Bottled Water for Port Shepstone Community

Port Shepstone made national news last week regarding the severe water shortages in and surrounding areas due to burst pipes and blockages at the main reservoir. Gift of the Givers was contacted and on Wednesday a truck was dispatched with 800x 5lt bottles of water, 361 pairs of school shoes and 185 detergents.

Our team was met with disbelief and subsequent joy on receipt of the water and

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Animal Crisis: Farmer Shoots Himself

Animal Crisis: Farmer Shoots Himself

In our article yesterday on the animal crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape we mentioned that the chance of more incidents of farmer suicide is very real. Tragically, the words came true in less than 24 hours; Andries le Roux, 38, a hardworking, prize winning Angora goat breeder, respected member of the community, father of three beautiful children aged 6, 8 and 10, and owner of Farm Fortuin, in

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Jojo's for Mtwaku Villages

Jojo's for Mtwaku Villages
Gift of the Givers delivers 2 Jojo water tanks to villages in Mtwaku, Eastern Cape. The tanks get their water supply from a borehole belonging to MyLife Foundation as gutters were destroyed by hurricane winds in the region.
 
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Greytown Community

Greytown Community
Distributed a total of 3000 litres of drinking water (600x5l) to the drought stricken area of Greytown in KZN.
The distribution took place at the local  hospital, clinic and AIDS care centre.
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Gift of the Givers New Flatbed Trailer

Gift of the Givers New Flatbed Trailer

Gift of the Givers flatbed trailer on its maiden voyage to deliver fodder from Mooi River to Eastern Cape. The truck will then move to Northern Cape where it will be dedicated to delivery of several 100 tons of fodder.

This horse and trailer was purchased at a cost of R1.5 million and dedicated to the delivery of animal feed in the hope that the lives of hundreds of animals can still be saved. In

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Assessment of Boreholes and Jojo Tanks

Assessment of Boreholes and Jojo Tanks
Gift of the Givers sent out team member Ekream Omar to assess our existing Jojo water tanks and boreholes.
 
In the North West Province the Bodebie community received a borehole, Jojo water tank and a community kitchen. The Mothlatswa Primary School in Verdwaal enjoy the same whilst Ngotwane High School received a tank and well.
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Fuel For Life Saving Fodder

It can only be a miracle unfolding in Northern, Western, Eastern Cape and the Karoo, a witnessing of the indomitable human spirit in the face of insurmountable challenges, of incredible resilience, selflessness, compassion and generosity beyond compare of very ordinary human beings driven by their humanity in the face of a relentless drought, the effect of which is nothing less than catastrophic.

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26/09/2017 - Clinic in Garies

26/09/2017 - Clinic in Garies
Often patients arriving at the clinic in Garies receive medication but, due to poverty, can't have a meal before. Gift of the Giver delivered 200 food parcels at the clinic to be distributed to impoverished patients.

 

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Animals in Crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape

Animals in Crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape

It has been a period of great distress for many farmers and animals in Northern and Eastern Cape for several months now. Recently, a farmer and his wife tried to "rescue" 157 "abandoned" calves whose mothers were too weak and malnourished to nurture their offspring with love, warmth and nourishment; only eight survived.  The farmer wanted to commit suicide.  Two months ago a farmer shot

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Beaufort West Water Distribution

Beaufort West Water Distribution
We were joined by Radio Gamka, The Courier, Beaufort West Municipality Bulletin and the Mayor, Mr Jacob van De Linde, at a drought relief distribution in Beaufort West.
 
Items Distributed:
  • 4000 x 5lt Water
  • 500 x Food Buckets
  • 500 x 1kg Rice
  • 500 x Blankets
  • 500 x Portable Water Containers
  • 1030 x Stationery Packs
  • 1000 lt Water Tank
Total Project Value: R298 339.70
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Stellenbosh Declared Level 4 Zone

Stellenbosh Declared Level 4 Zone

Gift of the Givers distributed water to the community of White Blocks, Smartie Town and Lang Straat in Cloetesville, Stellenbosh.

The Stellenbosch Municipality has declared the area on level 4 alert due to the shortage of water in the area. The following quantities were delivered:

  • 1800 x 5lt
  • 500 x 1.5lt
  • 2500 x 500ml

 

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Drought Relief for Klipheuwel Community

Drought Relief for Klipheuwel Community
The Klipheuwel residents were grateful for a "day off" from having to cart buckets of water from the communal taps that service a community without running water in their homes. A drenching rain couldn't stop them from collecting the bottled water that Gift of the Givers delivered.
 
2100 x 5lt bottles delivered to the Klipheuwel community.
 
Total Project Value: R54 558.00.
 
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09/05/2017 - Hopefield Community

09/05/2017 - Hopefield Community

Gift of the Givers Western Province branch commences is Winter Warmth distribution in Hopefield, distributing 1005 TFG (The Foschini Group) blankets and 5000L water to a community afflicted by water scarcity.

Total Project Value: R172 580.00.

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