Durban - KwaZulu-Natal based aid relief organisation, the Gift of the Givers has launched "Operation Cape Town" in an attempt to "push back Day Zero".
It is helping collect water from residents of KwaZulu-Natal to help ease the water woes in the Mother City.
There are less than 80 days left before Day Zero when most of the taps in Cape Town will be shut off and residents forced to queue at 200 water collection points for their 25 litres of water a day.
The organisation said besides installing boreholes in the Western Cape it was also collecting 5L sealed bottles of water.
"Gift of the Givers have embarked on a drive to collect water for the drought stricken Western Cape. We encourage our donors, groups, mosques, churches, school, companies and other institutes to donate containerised sealed water bottles."
The body is also collecting hand sanitisers and wet wipes for sanitation purposes and has set up collection points in the province and in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Limpopo
Durban residents have also been collecting water for Cape Town.
Mandy Catterson Wilson posted an appeal on Facebook for water collection for several animal shelters in the Cape.
A full list of collection points for the Gift of the Givers can be accessed on their website www.giftofthegivers.org