5 April, 2021
Bringing water to where it is most needed
|Nandipha Bhuyan (Driver), Onica Ndlovu (Used Trucks Director: Volvo Trucks South Africa), Marcus Hörberg, (VP: Volvo Group Southern Africa), Shelley Humphreys (Executive Director: SOS NPO), Valentia Hobbs (Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs: Volvo Group Southern Africa) and Sinazo Mcetywa (Driver)
is a scarce and precious commodity, and access to reliable and clean source is
a basic human right. Unfortunately, many
communities around South Africa must do without this essential resource.
this reason, Volvo Trucks South Africa has donated two FMX trucks to the SOS
Water on Wheels project in the Western Cape, to bring water and sanitation
right to communities' doorsteps.
SOS NPO supports
under-privileged communities and schools within the water and sanitation
hygiene space (WASH). They collaborate with community stakeholders,
government, and businesses to provide additional water, sanitation and hygiene
sources and solutions, as well as providing non-portable water, transportation,
sanitation, hygiene, climate change and education around these issues. We also
focus on economic female empowerment and create local job opportunities
wherever possible within our on-site project teams.
For this reason,
two female drivers have been appointed by SOS NPO to operate the vehicles, and
they will undergo an extensive four-month driver training through Volvo Trucks'
Iron Women programme.
Trucks have been involved with the SOS project since 2018, and the two trucks
transport water, food and materials needed to schools and communities around
the Western Cape. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project has expanded
to provide essential sanitation stations to curb the spread of the virus in
areas where it was most needed.
are very humbled that, with the support of Volvo Group global, we are now able
to donate these vehicles to SOS. We trust that reliable transport will continue
to make a tangible difference in the efforts of this very worthy organisation,"
said Marcus Hörberg, vice president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. "At Volvo
Trucks we believe that transport can drive prosperity, and we feel grateful
that our trucks can impact the lives of many in this way."
donation of the vehicles also includes a two-year Blue service contract. Many
of SOS NPO's project sites are located close to the Volvo Trucks branch in Cape
Town, which makes it ideal for the team to provide support when needed.
"The news of the donation
was the best we could wish for," said Shelley Humphreys, executive director of
SOS NPO. "We value our partnership with Volvo Trucks and the Water on Wheels
project is truly an example to inspire others."
Source: Volvo Trucks