Supply chain and logistics leader Imperial Logistics has responded to South Africa’s worst drought in decades by putting its transport and distribution muscle into a drive to deliver water and animal feed to the country’s most desperate communities. To date, the organisation has transported around 350 000 litres of water to the drought stricken towns of Senekal, Olifantshoek and Verkeerdevlei in the Free State, while three loads of animal feed have brought relief to farmers and their livestock in Ficksburg and around Bloemfontein.
Working with the organisation “Water Shortage South Africa”, Imperial group companies KWS Carriers and Tanker Services delivered water in food grade tankers, as well as loads of bottled water. “The tankers were filled with water at Imperial’s Germiston wash bay, and then our eagerly awaited cargo was dispatched to the Free State, where it was dropped off at informal settlements, local churches, primary and secondary schools,” reveals Imperial Logistics Chief Business Development Officer Cobus Rossouw.
For farmers in Ficksburg and around Bloemfontein, drought relief from Imperial came in the form of loads of animal feed, delivered to them by Imperial Cargo, working with client, fresh produce exporter Freshgold SA.
In another initiative, Imperial has joined forces with Radio Jacaranda, to take water to drought ravaged areas in the North West. Fifteen super link trucks have been pledged by the group, to travel in convoy to the region, Rossouw reports.
“We will continue to do whatever we can to help those worst hit by the drought. Imperial’s group companies and our employees have committed to themselves wholeheartedly to numerous drought relief initiatives – from deliveries of hundreds of thousands of litres in our tankers, to bottled water collection projects at our offices. Plans are underway to deliver another 350 000 litres of water to the Free State over the next couple of weeks,” Rossouw concludes.