Friday, October 27, 2017
Much of South Africa has been hit by disastrous droughts this year, leaving the agricultural sector reeling and residents banned from using water for anything other than drinking, cooking and quick showers. Not even the traditionally well-watered province of South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal is spared. In quick response, UD Trucks Southern Africa and UD Trucks Vryheid has joined force to tackle local water shortage.
Severe drought in South Africa has seen millions of people facing water restrictions or no water at all for the past few months, with dams and reservoirs falling to critically low levels.
Vryheid is an agricultural community in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The town’s dam had dipped to only 13% full, resulting in water restrictions for its 50,000 residents. Another source of underground water had been found, but the site is 27km from the town with no easy way of delivering much-needed water to the residents.
UD Trucks Southern Africa and UD Trucks Vryheid sought quickly a solution. “This problem has become in essence a transportation matter, and we now have the opportunity to make a tangible difference to the community,” said Gert Swanepoel, Managing Director of UD Trucks Southern Africa.
UD Quon – moving water to the community
With no time wasted, UD Trucks Vryheid arranged a Quon CW26 370 fitted with a 16,000-liter tanker and drivers to transport the water to various distribution points around the town. The Quon is aptly named the UD Amanzi Truck, with Amanzi being the Zulu word for water. It makes up to three runs a day when necessary. UD is also taking care of the maintenance of the truck.
UD Trucks has committed to providing the vehicle for at least seven months until the local dams fill up again, or until a plumbing system is installed to deliver water to the town directly.
“When a company like UD Trucks comes and makes a gesture like this it’s fantastic and it really makes you feel there is still humanity around,” said Councillor Harry Heyns.
This is just one of many projects that saw UD Trucks and its dealers across South Africa go the extra mile to assist drought-stricken communities, by contributing water, animal feed and transportation to alleviate the crisis.