JOHANNESBURG – Operation Hydrate has urged water companies and chain stores to sell water at cost price, particularly in areas that are hardest hit by the drought.

The campaign started in the first week of last month and aims to distribute water across the country to areas worst affected by the drought.

Organisers launched a weekend water drive in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly South Africa.

The National Lotteries Board donated R50 million to Operation Hydrate when it kick started the weekend drive on Friday, and by yesterday evening the initiative managed to raise over R61 million.

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Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang says South Africans displayed true Madiba spirt.

“If you look at the number of people who were there, it didn’t matter about colour and you’d be saying this is what South Africans are capable of, they’re giving us hope.”

Operation Hydrate’s Yusuf Abramjee says the drive received resounding support and needs more help.

“We’re also calling on water distributors and the chain stores to sell water at cost price, if not lower, in affected areas across South Africa.”

He’s called on people to volunteer to distribute the water to various parts of the country.

Source: Companies, shops urged to sell water in drought-stricken areas at cost