Trucks loaded with bales, water and feed pellets ready to go to Goedverwacht.

Sage Foundation is working closely with ‘Agri SA’ to deliver drought relief to small scale farmers, the local community, and the school in Goedverwacht, a farming village in the Western Cape that has been hit hard by poor rainfall this year.

 The organisations are providing essentials to help the community through South Africa’s worst drought in decades. Sage Foundation volunteers and Agri SA dispatched trucks carrying bales/licks, water and feed pellets to Goedverwacht on 18 March.  

 “The drought is having a devastating effect on many small farming communities around South Africa, and it’s up to NPOs and the private sector to step in and help,” Says Christo van der Rheede, ‎Deputy Executive Director from Agri SA. 

 “Though it has been raining in many parts of the country, the effects of the drought are still being felt and many people in various parts of the country still need our help. Our partnership with the community and with Sage unites South Africans to help those in desperate need,” he adds.

 Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, launched its global foundation to set a new benchmark for corporate partnerships through its 2+2+2 model for working with the community.  Each year, Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time (five days paid volunteering per year), 2% of free cash flow and two donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

 “We are committed to being a socially-responsible organisation, and believe in the necessity of supporting the humanitarian crisis caused by the drought in South Africa. This project also fits in with our focus in contributing and aiding vulnerable communities to achieve a better life,” says Ivan Epstein, President for Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation.

 “We are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. In addition to the funding we provide, we also encourage our colleagues to contribute their skills, time and expertise towards initiatives such as drought relief,” he enthuses.