Lions help out Stormers supporters
BEYOND THE RUGBY FIELD: With wildfires and a shortage of water in the Western Cape, the Lions Rugby Union's helping hand to the home of the Western Province Rugby Union could not come at a better time.
The Western Cape municipality, the City of Cape Town, has implemented level 5 water restriction. Which basically means, that managers of commercial properties should ensure that their monthly consumption of municipal water is reduced by 20 percent compared to last year.
The City has also placed emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.
The severity of the water shortage could see Cape Town without water in the next three months.
Furthermore, to make situation worst, blazing fires have hit the drought-stricken Western Cape earlier this week.
According to South African media reports, the fire started on privately-owned land on the slopes of the mountain but had since spread to the Table Mountain National Parks and was concentrated between the Camps Bay and Llandudno side of the mountain.
Giving the bleak time that awaits the Western Cape, Lions Rugby unexpected helping hand just epitomised the compassion South Africans have for each other.
The Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straeuli contacted Water Shortage South Africas’ CEO, Benoit Le Roy earlier this week and offered the franchise full support in getting water to the WC.
Water Shortage SA is a non-profit organisation started two years ago to facilitate the supply of drinking water to desperate communities in the country.
Since its inception, their dedicated volunteers have moved over 67 million litres of donated water to parched communities all over South Africa.
"Rudolf and his team are making a very significant commitment to sending bottled water collected from the Lions rugby supporters to the Stormers supporters in Cape Town," said Le Roy from Cape Town.
The Lions Rugby Union have urged everybody in the Gauteng area to drop bottles of water collected by families, schools, community organisations and the like at the Ellis Park stadium. The water will then be delivered by the dedicated volunteers of Water Shortage SA to communities without water.
"Cape Town is likely to become the first city in the world to run out of water completely – it is not a crisis it is a catastrophe and we welcome the Lions initiative," said media spokesman Ray de Vries.
"Our organisation is pleading with South Africans to open their hearts and help us collect as much water as possible so that we can store up for day zero which could be anytime from December," said de Vries in Johannesburg on a sponsorship drive.
Lions fans have been asked to bring water for dropping off at the stadium tomorrow before the game as well as during the week during office hours.
"We appeal to corporate South Africa to get involved by donating funds to Water Shortage SA to help with the costs of transporting and distributing the water to communities,"
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