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GAUTENG - Comair and their airline brands kulula.com and British Airways are helping fund fuel to transport fodder for starving farm animals that have been affected by the drought in the Northern, Eastern, Southern Cape and Karoo, Comair said on Thursday.

Executive Manager of Commercial Distribution at Comair, Iain Meaker, said that air transport played a central role in a country's global, social and economic development. 

"There was thus no hesitation from our end to offer a helping hand, considering the intensive fuel use of the aviation industry and have decided to assist Gift of the Givers by donating R500,000 to the farmers and animals who are currently left destitute by the drought in these areas," Meaker said.

Meaker said thousands of farmers in the region lost grasslands and animals and this ultimately resulted in jobs being lost as well as immense economic losses for these areas in the country.

Contributing farmers had made 392 truckloads of fodder available, however, this did not rule out the dire need for corporate's and individuals to make fuel donations to lessen the R3 million fuel bill to deliver fodder to the farms.

He said their contributions would be allocated to reduce the fuel "burden".

"Our economic, social and spiritual service to South Africa in this regard, would be well received by the many farmers and animals, who are currently struggling. In the true spirit of Ubuntu, we can and must make this possible."

- ANA