FedEx Borehole Donation Brings Hope to Water-Scarce Community in Rural Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa, June 5, 2024 – Federal Express Corporation, one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, has donated two boreholes to Kanana, an underserved town in the rural Gauteng province of South Africa, to alleviate the effects of the town’s water shortage.

In collaboration with the People Matter Foundation, this project is essential for communities facing South Africa’s regular water-supply challenges, due to climate change and water and sanitation capacity constraints. A recent report, by the Department of Water and Sanitation found that 29% of municipal water supply systems were in a critical state. Water from boreholes, including the new Kanana initiative, will help the community access clean, unpolluted water for cooking food, gardens, and hygiene, while also easing pressure on municipal water supply systems.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2 billion people around the world lack access to safe water. FedEx under its FedEx Cares umbrella has stood committed to being a socially responsible organization by regularly partnering on water projects globally through installing boreholes, and deploying global logistics networks to support the delivery of safe drinking water and purification infrastructure to communities in urgent need.

Taarek Hinedi, Vice President, Operations, FedEx MEISA said, “Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right, acknowledged by the United Nations as a Sustainable Development Goal. Clean water is essential for fighting poverty because it improves health and supports sustainable development. FedEx is optimistic that this collaboration will aid the Kanana community overcome their water crisis. Together we hope to make a positive impact, and ensure every individual has access to this necessity for a better and brighter future.”

People Matter Foundation spokesperson and Operations Manager, Pastor Peter Segale said, “Our NGO was established to provide care and support in times of distress due to disasters. We now also work to provide longer-term support through initiatives such as this borehole project with FedEx, which will help to build a more resilient, self-sufficient community in Kanana.”

About Federal Express Corporation

Federal Express Corporation is one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. Federal Express Corporation uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments by a definite time and date.

About People Matter Foundation

People Matter Foundation (PMF) is a Non-Profit Organisation that was formed to provide care and support for people in times of distress caused of disasters. PMF cares for people and ensures sustainability of their disaster prevention programmes by securing partnerships with relevant stakeholders and empowerment of our communities