Drought-stricken farmers in Tolwe, Waterberg district outside Lephalale, heaved a sigh of relief after Isuzu truck dealership based in Isando, Gauteng, working with a non-profit organization, South Africa’s Farmers Assist, delivered food and fodder for the families and dying livestock.
These is restless farming community in the heart of Limpopo, comprising game farmers, near R561, which branches off at N11 south of the Groblersbrug border post between South Africa and Botswana.
Farmers in Merweville in the Western Cape and Vanwyksvlei in Northern Cape sharing the same plight because of drought also gets food parcels and animal feed.
Motus Isuzu Isando Franchise, managing director, Le Roux Roux said he was aware of the plight faced by the agricultural sector and believed the country would be in trouble if farmers couldn’t produce.
“Farmers are in desperate need – they don’t have money to buy food or even get their children to school.
They are slaughtering their animals because of the drought condition.” There is also a great need in the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces, “said Roux.
According to Roux, the drought has also hit the central Karoo hard in the last seven years.
This dealer supports Farmers Assist SA with two new FVZ 1400 trucks, two drivers, and fuel.
Isuzu trucks arrive in Merweville with a consignment of fodder
Trucks utilized to supply food in areas affected by drought, have drop sides to allow transport to carry more cargo.
No rain, no fodder, less livestock, more financial and emotional difficulties, according to Clem Olivier, secretary of the local agricultural union, saying the veld will take four to seven years to regenerate if the area gets continuous rain this summer.
Charles Mueller, who has been a farmer in Merweville for 46 years, said farmers had been trying to survive the worst drought ever.
“There are no more natural plants on the farm. We depend on donations.
The food is expensive, and because of our remote location, the transport costs are very high. This donation we receive is worth gold,” Müller said.
Isuzu Corporate Communications Manager, Gishma Johnson said that one of the company’s corporate social responsibility objectives is to help communities in crisis.
“Finding the right partners to get the job done is so important, and how we can work together.
When farmers Assist SA approached Isuzu for help earlier this year, we reached out to our dealer network to garner support and are pleased that Motus Isuzu Isando stepped up to assist.