Pietermaritzburg-based aid organisation Gift of the Givers said that it had been a period of great distress for many farmers and animals in Northern and Eastern Cape for several months. They had been assisting the farmers with fodder, and other necessities. The organisation heaped praise upon farmers in other regions who had donated fodder and fuel to the affected farmers. Gift of the Givers is part of a broader team involved in the emergency response, and have funded the delivery of 86 super links thus far, carrying 2000 tons of various types of sponsored fodder.

They are expanding their operations now to include purchase of their own horse and trailer, dedicated to the delivery of animal fodder, purchasing their own water tankers to deliver water, drilling more boreholes for the same purpose and, as a separate project, preparing for a major delivery of food parcels to the hungry throughout South Africa.