Water is an essential part of everyday life – and if anyone has had to learn to appreciate it fast, it has been the City of Cape Town and surrounds.
The Cape Water crisis continues to threaten residents of Cape Town, and even though they hold onto the hope served every time that day zero is pushed back, serious measures will need to be taken to ensure that the harrowing crisis is truly kept at bay.
The country has gathered en masse across social media to show support for the people and places affected by this crisis – but sharing the latest #DayZero news, and endorsing a couple of posts is not going to be enough to combat this national crisis.
That is why SBS Tanks® is calling the people of Durban (and beyond!) to show their support by donating water to those affected by the Cape water crisis, helping to #PushBackDayZero.
SBS® Headquarters will be acting as an official water drop-off zone, gathering 5l water bottle donations and getting it to those who need it most. Donations will be accepted between 07:30 – 16:30 on weekdays, at Unit 6C, Surprise Park, Surprise Road, Pinetown. If that is a little bit out of your way, but you would still like to donate to the cause, please feel free to submit a cash donation below. All water collections made by SBS® will be handed over to the Gift of the Givers foundation, who will be distributing the water.
The Cape Town drought is an us problem, not a them problem. Although most people in other parts of South Africa still have access to municipal water, this drought affects us all. The critical part played by Cape Town within the South African economy cannot be ignored. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and counterparts to contribute towards this cause, and let’s unite in the plight to #PushBackDayZero.
If you would like to donate an amount greater than R100, please EFT your donation to the banking details below. Please use WaterDonation as a reference.
Boxing. A sport marvelled by millions for its intensity, passion, and excitement.
It was this passion that led to an encounter between Mike Dube, a KZN boxing promoter and Delayne Gray, Managing Director of SBS Tanks. Dube was looking for a way to use boxing to raise funds for a water tank to be used in a rural community. After being approached by Dube with the idea, Gray expressed his interest in getting involved – with the long term goal of the SBS Group supporting the local sporting community, and using sport as a tool for upliftment. Only a week later, Dube returned with an impressive proposal, showing his commitment to the initiative and setting the plan in motion.
“This is our first attempt at sponsorship and getting behind a sport. Big sport has got a lot of people behind it, big names, a lot of money… but there are other sports, marginalised sports, that don’t have a voice – the necessary sponsorship and people behind them, and SBS wants to support the voice of KZN Boxing” says Gray.
Armed with a strong team, and supported by some of the best in the boxing fraternity, SBS Tanks launched the ‘Fight for Water’ initiative on Saturday the 9th of December. The kick-off event consisted of 7 fights taking place over the course of the evening, and was fully sanctioned by SA Boxing. Their presence at the event was invaluable – with officials, judges, doctors, and a full team of medics on site to ensure that the fights were all done by the book.
Ring announcer Darren Maule led us into the evening as the first bout, the Bantamweight Exhibition, began – setting the tone for what was to come. The fights that followed ranged across divisions, and even featured a couple of debut fights.
These fights were arguably some of the most exciting, with fighters giving their absolute all as guests caught a first look at their abilities.
The support within the arena was prevalent, with all contenders being led into the ring with a full entourage in tow. Flags, T-Shirts, and even a few screaming ladies – especially in the case of Chatsworth’s own Marc Subramoney. Marc took on Akeem Tijani from Nigeria in a Heavyweight bout, and won by TKO. There was even boxing royalty present. Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha, a former professional boxer who faced boxing greats like Mike Tyson & Lennox Lewis, joined us to support his son, Middleweight Marcel Botha. Marcel went on to win his match against Mpumalanga’s Ntobeko Makeleni.
By the time the main card event came around, the thrill was palpable, with everyone waiting to see who would be the successor in the eliminator fight for the vacant SA Super Middleweight Title. After 8 rounds of exemplary boxing between KZN’s Christopher Buthelezi and Eastern Cape’s Masixole Botile, the judges could not reach a unanimous decision, and the fight concluded in a draw. With Buthelezi having fought a number of professional fights, this result was testament to the level of boxing on show.
“This is the first time that we have gotten involved in boxing. It has been an incredible eye-opener for us. The amount of work that goes into putting something like this together… I am amazed by how SA Boxing does this, and most of the time at their own expense!” said SBS Tanks Marketing Manager, James Preston.
Above the involvement of Dube, and SA Boxing – the support of the community was paramount to the success of this event. “Boxers put their heart and their soul into this sport, and sometimes cannot even afford the plane ticket to get to their fight(s). This evening, I would like you all to understand that you being here is helping us to support the men and women putting all they have into this sport.” said Gray, during the event. With the continued support of SA Boxing, the community, and the boxing fraternity – this may just be the start of getting South African boxing the support and recognition it deserves.
Watch the live feed from the event, and check the final results below.