Five trucks left the
Shoprite Group’s distribution centre in Centurion on Friday morning to collect
fodder and transport it to the Northern Cape, where the worst drought
conditions in a century are killing off livestock and threatening farmers’ and
farm workers’ livelihoods.

Three trucks arrived
in Garies on Saturday and another three in the Richtersveld in the Northern
Cape on Sunday, providing much needed relief to these communities.

Shoprite has heeded
the calls from struggling farmers, committing hundreds of thousands of rands on
transport costs, goods and other assistance to those affected by the drought.

As dams, like those
in Beaufort West, run dry, leaving communities to rely on groundwater and
treated sewage, communities are increasingly seeking help.

The Group’s ongoing
drought-relief efforts include:

  • Launching the Smart Water Meter
     and sponsoring the installation of 100 meters at
    Cape Town’s top 100 water-consuming schools
  • Sending its Shoprite Mobile Soup Kitchens to
    serve in disaster-stricken communities, as it is currently doing in
    Beaufort West
  • Ongoing support of 36 PlayPumps, which
    bring clean water to approximately 350 000 to 400 000 people across South
    Africa on a daily basis
  • Launching its in-store Disaster Relief Fund,
    which, since inception, has raised almost almost R1.5 million

Source: Shoprite