Index Transnet water donation to alleviate drought in Paterson
Date Added: 01 April 2016

In an effort to combat the devastating drought affecting large parts of South Africa, water bottles containing a total of 811-litres were handed over to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s Disaster Management Department by the engineering division of Transnet at its Cuyler Manor facility outside Despatch on 1 April.

Part of the state-owned parastatal’s commitment to the water distribution campaign known as "Operation Hydrate", which aims to provide water to communities across the country. The supply of water donated this morning is expected to benefit residents of Paterson in the Sunday’s River Valley Local Municipality, with the official handover set to take place on 5 April.

“The Sarah Baartman District is known to be a water scarce area, and recent research has shown that water, if things continue as they are, will become a major problem in South Africa by 2025,” Sarah Baartman District Municipality Disaster Management Head, Mandisa Nohashe said.

“Although Sarah Baartman is not as heavily affected as other parts of the province, there are still problems to contend with. As such, this donation from Transnet is something we take very seriously and one which we are very grateful for”.

CAPTION: Transnet Engineering Enviromental Manager, Pumelela Ndyawe, hands over a bottle of water to Sarah Baartman District Municipality Disaster Management Head, Mandisa Nohashe, as part of the parastatal’s commitment to "Operation Hydrate", which aims to assist areas  affected by the drought. The total supply of 811-litres will be allocated to Paterson in the Sunday’s River Valley Local Municipality on 5 April.