Capital Equipment News

At the end of August, Daimler Trucks & Buses’ (DT&B) FleetBoard division and the South African Red Cross Society spearheaded a humanitarian initiative to hand over 25 000 litres of water to the impoverished area of Imizamo Yethu, in the Western Cape suburb of Hout Bay.

FleetBoard Southern Africa to the rescueThe province is facing an unprecedented water crisis, with water supply dams still less than 30% full. This number does not paint the entire picture, as the last 10% of a dam’s water is difficult to use, so the useable water in the dams is approximately 20%.

The lack of water goes far beyond just health crisis issues, as it impacts on so many factors of life. Time spent trying to gather water accounts for millions of rands in lost economic opportunities. In addition, access to safe water and sanitation saves time, giving families more time to pursue education and work opportunities. Unfortunately, the water shortage has hit the province’s poorest the hardest.

“Thousands of residents from Imizamo Yethu were dealt a double blow when their informal homes were destroyed in a number of fires, a situation which was exacerbated by the water shortage. As a responsible corporate citizen, DT&B is merely fulfilling its obligation to assist wherever we can. Water is just one of the most urgent needs in this community, which is why we decided to play a role in providing the aid,” says Rowlands Peters, head of FleetBoard Southern Africa.

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