During Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July, the hectic fires raging and with a Gail force wind spreading it rapidly in and around Sabie, Natasché du Plessis of GPS News felt the need to help.
However, with various forestry companies and Thaba Chweu Municipality already fighting the fires, it was requested that unless you have been trained as a firefighter, to please not put your life in danger.
Still, the need to assist remained. Knowing that fighting fires make you tired and thirsty, she contacted Sharmaine Kidson, manager of Oasis in Sabie late at night with a request to donate water.
After opening up the store, bottles of water were donated and handed out to grateful firefighters during Saturday night.
On Sunday, Sharmaine graciously offered to donate more water if needed to the firefighters. Due to Covid19 bottles of water cannot be shared to avoid the spreading of the virus. A total of 425 bottles were donated by Oasis Sabie. Annalize van Wyk, Safcol Fire Risk Officer said that “we are so grateful for this donation from Oasis Sabie. We can never have enough water when we are busy with fighting fires.”
Owner of the Sabie, as well as White River and Nelspruit branches and the factory in Rocky’s Drift, is Wynand Nel.
Sharmaine said: “Oasis in Sabie is here for the people all the time. During the last few weeks with the town not having water for days on end, we arranged especially for water to be brought from our factory to keep up with the demand. We also had water from the Rototank on our bakkie for the toilets. We are always prepared to walk the extra mile for our town and our customers. I would like to thank all our regular customers for their continuous support in these hard times and would like to invite the public to come and buy from us, our water is fresh, healthy and clean. We also have healthy, delicious juices on sale in our shop at very affordable prices. It was a pleasure to assist in this time of need.”
Google describes Oasis as a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found. The gesture of goodwill showed by Oasis in Sabie will long be remembered.