The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) have expressed their gratitude to the Swellendam Municipality for supplying them with 2.2-million litres of potable water ahead of the race on Sunday.
CTCTT director David Bellairs, who in January had spoken about their ninth-month plan to address water shortages in the province, said they were “extremely grateful for the municipality’s generous offer”.
“Our hydration partners, Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages, have committed to providing the transport solution from Swellendam to Cape Town,” he said.
“This is a mammoth undertaking which is expected to take upwards of two weeks and which could not be achieved without their specialist assistance.”
Swellendam executive mayor Nicholas Myburgh stressed the importance of supporting an event like this.
“The Cycle Tour organisers are our partners in an annual event which is very important to the people and economy of Swellendam.
“We consider ourselves duty-bound to assist David Bellairs and his team at CTCTT in alleviating the water crisis that the organisers face in Cape Town.”
The CTCTT have managed to offset the water from the municipal grid by introducing in excess of three million litres of water to Cape Town from areas not experiencing drought.