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28 Feb 2018

Indian and South African teams donate for drought-hit Cape Town

India and SA come together for a cause

Coming together for a cause, Indian and South African teams have donated about 100,000 Rand (approximately Rs 5,50,000) towards the water crisis in drought-hit Cape Town.

The money will be used for supply of bottled water and drilling of borewells in the city.

The donation was raised by auctioning off signed jerseys from the both teams.

In context

India and SA come together for a cause
Cape Town's water crisis

Ground situation

Cape Town's water crisis

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, has been facing worst drought ever.

It is estimated that the city will run out of water, the much-dreaded "Day Zero" by July.

Indian cricket team, which recently concluded their South Africa tour, faced the situation first hand. They were asked not to waste water and were instructed to take no more than 2 minutes in shower.

Water restrictions

From February 1, residents of Cape Town are restricted to 50 litres per person per day. Taps will be turned off once Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town falls below 13.5% level. Residents are banned from watering gardens, washing cars, and using public swimming pools.

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Creating awareness

What did the captains have to say?

"Both teams had first-hand experience of water crisis in Cape Town and, having a chat with Kohli, we decided to get the teams to sign some jerseys which we auctioned off, with the funds raised going to assist the Cape Town water crisis," Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said.

"By creating awareness, we are playing our part in highlighting the drought," Virat Kohli stressed.

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