Johannesburg - The worst drought in 23 years has ravaged farms and livestock and left rural communities gasping with thirst.
Although this is going to send food prices rocketing, it has also brought South Africans together. Operation Hydrate has managed to raise R60 million, outstripping its original target six-fold.
And while the Department of Water and Sanitation surprised the initiative with a windfall on Friday by pledging a R50m donation at the latest water drive, the remainder has poured in from across the country.
Operation Hydrate has already distributed 4 million litres of water to drought-stricken communities countrywide, as of Sunday, but directors are still calculating the amount of water donations received across South Africa this weekend alone.
By Tuesday, the huge amount of water will be counted and ready for distribution. For one of the directors of the operation, Yaseen Theba, the response from South Africans has been overwhelming.