KIMBERLEY – As parts of the Northern Cape remain in the drought, the Shoprite Group has made a call to South Africans to help other communities, through its till-point donation facility. Customers will be able to help with the water crisis by donating money to the Group’s Disaster Relief Fund starting on Tuesday, 6 February. They will be able to add increments of five Rand to their purchases at till points at any Shoprite or Checkers store countrywide. Donations to the fund will be used to aid Cape Town, currently facing the threat of ‘Day Zero’ (Friday, 11 May) when the taps are expected to run dry, as well as other drought-stricken areas. The decision follows requests from customers in other parts of the country who offered to donate bottles of water.
According to the Group, a more effective way to help is to donate money, as water is heavy and difficult to pack and transport. The money raised will be utilised to source water and transport it in order to provide help to those suffering in the crisis. The Disaster Relief Fund was established in March 2016 in response to the drought in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. It has since been used to aim to assist communities affected by fire, flooding, or other disasters. The Shoprite Group has been aiming to reach out to the communities hit by the drought. One of its initiatives was ‘The Smart Water Metre Challenge’ in Cape Town, which has enabled schools, and the City of Cape Town, to save over 18 million litres of water to date. It continues and will aim to escalate efforts to save water over the months to come, as more metres are introduced at additional schools.