Cell C made the first delivery of 1000 5 litre bottles of water in Bloemfontein today (Wednesday, 27th January). And Miss South Africa finalist, Elizabeth Molopo was there, lending support to the Cell C team on the ground. The bottled water is destined for the people of the drought-crippled Free State town, Winburg.
The life-giving water was handed over to Danie Nortier, General Manager of Shell Ultra City in Bloemfontein, who will ensure that the water is delivered to the stricken areas in and around Winburg. Nortier said that all at Shel Ultra City were happy to join in with Cell C staff "to be able to be of assistance to people in such desperate need of water."
University of Free State student and Miss SA finalist, Elizabeth, said it was pitiful to see people suffer without water, and that she was glad to be a part of the Cell C initiative.
South Africa is in the grip of a crippling drought. In areas dotted around our country, the residents of small towns and villages are desperate for potable water. Beleaguered farmers face an uncertain future as the parched landscape fails crops and kills off livestock.
Said Suzette Van Der Merwe, Managing Executive of Cell C Foundation: "If we can be of help to people in need, then it is our privilege to assist. Our employees have driven this initiative. The spirit of volunteerism, the selflessness, the giving of their time " all of it was done with such willingness."
She added that it was always impressive to see how South Africans "rise to the challenge" and that Cell C had heard wonderful stories of people offering their time at the collection points. "Joe Public has gone into action on behalf of the neediest in our society," Suzette said. Smithfield, Reddersburg and Trompsburg in the Free State, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert and Malmesbury in the Western Cape were identified as critical areas, and collection points set up. Smithfield resident Ian Riddle, owner of Nick’s Place bed and breakfast, has made his guest house a central collection point for the neighbourhood. "People are desperate. This is about people needing life-giving water. We spend our days ferrying water to areas where there is none." He said it was incredible to see people move into action, people determined to make a difference.
"Cell C, and a host of other companies, and citizens have made it their business to get involved, and to help get drinking water to people. The public has just been amazing," he said.
Cell C proudly supports the National Drought Relief Disaster Fundraiser in partnership with Agri-SA. If you wish to make a contribution and donate R30 to the fund, SMS "RAMP" to 42030. No Cell C fees or deductions will apply.