THE LANDY FO­RUM

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Mercy Ship De­fend­ers

Be­ing a Landy man, Owen Davis from Cape Town, with cam­era in hand, didn’t fail to no­tice sev­eral Land Rover De­fend­ers parked on the deck of Africa Mercy – the big­gest hos­pi­tal ship in the world – that was sta­tioned out­side the Ta­ble Bay Ho­tel in Cape Town’s V& A Water­front. Apart from the 450 crew mem­bers, a pharmacy, lab­o­ra­tory and five op­er­at­ing the­atres, the ship has a to­tal of 27 4x4 ve­hi­cles aboard – most of them Land Rover De­fend­ers. Owen says that the same num­ber of De­fend­ers were also vis­i­ble on the op­po­site side of the deck. Mercy Ships spokesper­son, Kyle Siemens, says that the coun­tries vis­ited by Africa Mercy are “some of the poor­est coun­tries in the world with very limited med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.” He also said that it costs around $ 30 mil­lion ( R300 mil­lion) per year to keep Africa Mercy run­ning. It’s good to know that the Land Rover De­fender is still the pre­ferred choice of ve­hi­cle for most med­i­cal and emer­gency ser­vices glob­ally. The ship de­parted Cape Town head­ing to Mada­gas­car.

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