National company steps up to help fight the water crisis

Kgomotso Lebewane works at one of the Stor-Age stores countrywide collecting for Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Stor-Age self-storage facilities have launched their own water collection drive countrywide as many South Africans at the coasts face going thirsty. Started in January, Stor-Age said the drive will last as long as there is a need for such aid.

Frans van Staden, part of the marketing department based in Cape Town said, “Stor-Age wanted to provide a way for people across the country to be able to contribute to the relief of the current water crisis.

“We also wanted to provide people with information on how they can best use their allocated 50 litres of water per day in areas with restrictions.”

In order to drive social awareness and conversations about water scarcity, Stor-Age has also introduced the #6bForMe hashtag and website, named in honour of the Level 6B water restrictions that parts of South Africa face, where members of the public can share what the water restrictions mean to them and what they are doing to save water and stick to the allocated 50 litres of water per person per day.

Contributors are invited to donate sealed, store-bought 5-litre bottles of water for those in need by dropping them off at any of the 44 Stor-Age stores countrywide which are acting as water collection points. With the help of local governments, the water will then be distributed to communities in both Cape Town, Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

“We felt that including Port Elizabeth is essential to raise awareness for the water crisis they are experiencing as well,” explained van Staden. “A lot of focus has been given to Cape Town, so we need to include all the regions that are affected by droughts.”

There are nine Stor-Age locations around Johannesburg where people can drop off their donations, with some of the closest to be found in Bryanston, Midrand, Randburg and Sunninghill.

Van Staden asked readers to remember that they have the power to make a difference. “Whether it is ensuring you only use 50 litres of water a day in areas affected by the water crisis, or by donating water to those in need. If we all do our part, we can make a big difference and ensure that Day Zero never arrives.”

Details: www.stor-age.co.za

 

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Robyn Kirk
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