On the one hand, you have the department of water and sanitation warning Gauteng residents against sending bottled water to Cape Town to help ease the water shortage in the Western Cape.
On the other, you have the disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers setting up a number of water drop-off points and urging people to help assist drought-stricken Cape Town in any way they can as Day Zero looms in April.
Gift of the Givers has been inundated with calls from schools and organisations pledging their support. It has already collected thousands of litres of water to be transported to the Cape.
The department of water and sanitation has valid concerns. It is worried that sending water will put strain on its own supplies, while it has also questioned how safe the manual bottling of water really is.
Gift of the Givers is just doing what it does best – helping those in need.
The fact is, people want to help, especially in the time of a crisis.
Instead of discouraging the donation of water, let’s put our heads together and find a safe, workable option to help solve the water crisis in the Western Cape.