The Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) has donated R100 000 to Droogte Hulp to assist farmers in drought-stricken areas of South Africa with much needed water and feed for their livestock. It is hoped the donation will help keep their farms going and continue to place food on the tables of every South African.
Droogte Hulp is a non-profit organisation founded by Burre Burger in 2017 to assist farmers in the Northern Cape, Western Cape, Southern Cape and Eastern Cape who have been severely affected by ongoing drought, through the provision of supplies to keep their livestock alive and their farms running.
The cause is close to the hearts of many of the Guild’s members, who run farms to supply their winemaking businesses. Established in 1982, the Cape Winemakers Guild is a collective of some of South Africa’s greatest winemakers. Over the last 37 years, the Guild’s winemakers have demonstrated a commitment to developing the local wine industry, through innovative practices and the sharing of knowledge.
“We winemakers are also farmers and we felt obligated to support other farmers in need. Farmers are struggling to keep food on the tables of their workers and families, animals are dying of hunger and thirst. Our contribution is but a small drop in a large bucket,” said David Nieuwoudt, CWG Treasurer.