Proteas and fans donate water

Operation Hydrate ran an initiative where Proteas and their fans donated water.

Eliot Mahlase

Members of the South African cricket team and their fans donated thousands of litres of water at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.

The initiative was sponsored by Operation Hydrate and Momentum ahead of the third One Day International between England and South Africa.

The Proteas and their fans donated over 5 500 litres of water. Brooklyn police station commander Brigadier Kushie Nair was also there to help donate water.

The initiative comes after severe drought has hit South Africa in the past few months.

Operation Hydrate co-founder and spokesperson Yusuf Abramjee thanked the Proteas and fans for coming in their numbers to donate bottles of water.

“Every Protea player came to donate 10 to 20 litres of water today and it again showed Ubuntu in action. We also had the local police who came with a bakkie full of water,” he said.

“We distributed about 6.2 million litres of water to drought-stricken areas of South Africa. We expected more sealed fresh water and this water will be distributed to areas in the Free State, parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and other affected provinces. We know the drought is still very severe and people are in need.”

Abramjee urged South Africans to continue with their spirit of Ubuntu.

“South Africans open their hearts whenever we call on them to donate. It was really heartening to see the Proteas taking the extraordinary steps to make a difference.”

The initiative would continue throughout the year. In the next few days, it would move to the Wanderers and Newlands stadiums before cricket matches.

More than 1 500 volunteers throughout the country were also doing their part, said Abramjee.

To become involved with Operation Hydrate visit or SMS by sending the word WATER to 42530 at a cost of R30.

The time to end racism is now

HOUGHTON – The recently launched Anti Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) held a press briefing at the Nelson Mandela Foundation based in Houghton to announce that an anti-racism week will be held from 14 to 21 March.

Well-known South African activist and former radio presenter, Yusuf Abramjee with Yaseen Theba, co-ordinator of Operation Hydrate.

The aim of the week is to improve social cohesion in the country and to eradicate racism, once and for all.

Chief operating officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, opened the briefing by reiterating the continual negative effects racism was having on South African citizens.

“The time to deal with these issues is now,” said Hatang.

“We need to deal with these issues in a structural, systematic and transformational fashion.

“We cannot undo the past, but we now have a unique opportunity to build a better future here, together.”

Facilitation of Arnsa was aided by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation; and numerous civil society formations, individuals and governmental institutions have pledged their allegiance to the initiative.

“I feel that there has been a fundamental lack regarding leadership in the fight against racism,” said spokesperson for the foundation, Neeshan Bolton.

“We will make Arnsa a mass movement.”

The main speaker at the event was Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who emphasised the urgent need to address the matter of national unity. “In supporting this initiative, we are building a road to non-racialism. These efforts need to continue with devotion, we must continue on this path because we are going to succeed,” said Mthethwa.

“We need to make this contribution [to society] now, so that our children and their children after them, have better lives.”



Operation Hydrate initiative receives a big boost at the Foundation

Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane joined hundreds of active citizens at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Friday 29 January, in a drive to provide urgent relief to drought stricken communities across South Africa.

LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, CEO of Proudly South African Leslie Sedibe, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, and Yaseen Theba (far right) are joined by representatives from Fly Mango and Dischem

As part of the Operation Hydrate initiative that seeks to collect and distribute drinking water to desperate communities, Mokonyane joined volunteers, businesses, schoolchildren and others from all walks of life in a bid to reach a target of more than 70-million litres of water donated by the end of this weekend.

That might appear to be an overly ambitious goal at first glance, but Mokonyane’s announcement brought that target well within reach.

“I have received confirmation that the National Lottery Board will hand over a cheque of R50-million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, so that through Operation Hydrate and its partnership with the Foundation and Proudly South Africa, we are in a position to make a real difference,” she said to massive applause.

Part of this donation will go towards the renovation and upgrades of important infrastructure in key areas, ensuring that communities are never again forced to live without drinking water.

“Water is life. The access to fresh water is a constitutional right for every South African, and Operation Hydrate is an [important] initiative that helps realise this.

“We thank everybody here – volunteers, institutions, individuals – everyone who is making a donation. Every drop helps.”

Throughout the day, members of the public and other organisations dropped off thousands of litres of fresh water that will make its way to thirsty communities over the next few weeks.

Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, said that such overwhelming gestures of support were helping to reimagine the legacy of Madiba.

“Of course, this initiative goes beyond the donation drive here at the Foundation. In the spirit of Mandela Day, we need to look at how we can make this sustainable, and continue to provide assistance to communities in need on a daily basis.

“We are calling on all South Africans to help us reach our goal of donating over 70-million litres of water by the end of the weekend.”

You are invited to drop off any donations at the Nelson Mandela Foundation over the weekend, and help lend much needed support to an urgent cause.


Operation Hydrate in Senekal, with Mango Airlines (Video)

Drought conditions in South Africa continue to worsen with 5 out of 9 provinces declared disasters, an unprecedented heat wave this week and there is enormous pressure on our country’s limited resources. It is for this reason that Mango has joined forces with Operation Hydrate to act quickly and provide relief to some of the country’s most affected communities. We join the Team as they head to Senekal in the Free State to distribute much needed water.

Operation Hydrate, Project Hope Grass bring relief to drought victims | Yaseen Theba, Water, Draught, Aurora, Fazel Bhana, Yaseen, Theba,

As the country continues to battle the worst drought in some provinces around the country, many South Africans are coming up with innovative ways to bring relief to those affected. In the past few days, two of these initiatives, Operation Hydrate and Project Hope Grass have called on the public and companies to donate much needed water and homeowners to donate any cut grass for desperately needed animal feed. To tell us more, we are joined by Yaseen Theba from Operation Hydrate and Christo van der Rheede from Project Hope Grass.

White Merc gang on the prowl

 / 4 February 2015, 1:10pm
1632804275Johannesburg – A gang using a white Mercedes-Benz have been targeting the residents of Houghton over the past two months.

The gang of five men have been involved in numerous armed robberies and hijackings in the upmarket suburb.

Yaseen Theba, from Vision Tactical, said they had been getting reports about incidents involving the white Mercedes since the beginning of December and, on Sunday, the security company spotted the car and gave chase.

But they lost sight of it as it disappeared on Louis Botha Avenue near Alexandra. The registration number of the Mercedes is unknown.

Theba said there had been 12 sightings of the car in Houghton since December. It has a sunroof, tinted windows and LED lights on the bumper.
The gang of five wear masks and gloves. Their modus operandi is to lift up electronic gates to gain access to properties.

About three weeks ago, a man driving a white Mercedes ML stopped at an Engen service station to draw money. Shortly afterwards, on the corner of Glenhove Road and Fifth Street, he was held up. Cash and his watch were taken and the men drove off in his car, Theba said.

The car was recovered a few blocks away, and witnesses saw the gang get into a white Mercedes that was waiting for them, and drive off.

“We suspect they noticed his watch at the petrol station,” Theba added.

Last Thursday morning, the gangsters entered the house of a businessman and held him and two assistants at gunpoint. They made off with valuables and a light-metallic grey Audi Q5.

Theba said the men are well dressed, and on a few occasions, they have been seen driving around the suburb with three men and a woman in the car.

They were stopped once or twice by various security companies in the neighbourhood. The officers were told that the men were brothers and were just dropping their sister off.

“We have noticed that they aren’t stealing cellphones or iPads or any electronics that can be traced.

“They are taking cash, jewellery and watches,” Theba pointed out.

Crime Line has appealed to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the robbers to SMS 32211 or call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

If the car is spotted, call 10111.

Crime Line’s Yusuf Abramjee said indications were that the robbers were well organised.

Bafana Bafana get to meet Nelson Mandela

South African captain, Aaron Mokoena, hands over a Bafana Bafana top to Nelson Mandela

June 24, 2009 Nelson Mandela met the Bafana Bafana football squad today to wish them well ahead of their Confederations Cup semi-final against Brazil tomorrow.

The informal meeting at Mr Mandela’s office in Houghton was attended by the 23 players who make up the squad and their support staff.

Mr Mandela and the squad wore “Mandela Day” t-shirts named for the day which will be launched on his 91st birthday, July 18, 2009. The day is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela and encourages people around the world to do good in their own communities. It is hoped that the day, which is not a holiday, will be celebrated annually and start an international movement for change.

Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena presented Mr Mandela with a team shirt with his name and the number 91, in honour of his upcoming birthday.

Introducing the team to his grandfather, Ndaba Mandela said: “We wish you all the best in the upcoming game. We know you are going to be victorious.”

When he met South Africa’s coach, Joel Santana, Mr Mandela said, to much laughter: “Your face is familiar.”

“Madiba expressed a wish to meet South Africa’s national team and to wish them well,” said Achmat Dangor, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “We are confident that Bafana Bafana will do their best and will make us proud,” he added.

As Mr Mandela left the auditorium the team sang, “Nelson Mandela, there is no one like you.”



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