Animal Crisis: Farmer Shoots Himself

In our article yesterday on the animal crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape we mentioned that the chance of more incidents of farmer suicide is very real. Tragically, the words came true in less than 24 hours; Andries le Roux, 38, a hardworking, prize winning Angora goat breeder, respected member of the community, father of three beautiful children aged 6, 8 and 10, and owner of Farm Fortuin, in drought stricken Matjiesfontein, took his own life yesterday.  He could not endure the suffering of his prized animals any longer.  The wife, Estie, is shattered and cannot go back to the farm for various reasons. 

Urgent intervention is required to prevent more tragedies both among human and animal.  There has been a sterling response from farmers in various parts of the country providing free fodder and fuel, some corporates providing transport and the determined Elizabeth Visagie co-ordinating request and delivery.  Gift of the Givers is part of a broader team involved in the emergency response having funded the delivery of 86 super links thus far carrying 2000 tons of various types of sponsored fodder.  We are expanding our operations now to include purchase of our own horse and trailer dedicated to the delivery of animal fodder, purchasing our 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 (the recent Statistician-general report indicates that 55% of our country is in dire need).

Ekram Sayed, our drought project manager, was saddened by the number of dead and emaciated animals on farms as he drove through the inner recesses of the Northern Cape, he witnessed the deep pain in people's eyes and was moved by the elderly who stopped him enquiring in hopeful expectation - "is the next truck on the way".  The number of areas critically affected are too numerous to list here, suffice to say the need is astronomical and extremely urgent. 

Gift of the Givers appreciates the generosity of everyone who have responded thus far.  If you have a truck, fuel or water to offer please contact us toll free on 0800786911.  You may contact me or Elizabeth (082 576 3800) directly.  Cash contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account Number 052137228, Branch Code 057525.  Please forward deposit slips to sooliman@giftofthegivers.org

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Animals in Crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape

Animals in Crisis in Northern and Eastern Cape

It has been a period of great distress for many farmers and animals in Northern and Eastern Cape for several months now. Recently, a farmer and his wife tried to "rescue" 157 "abandoned" calves whose mothers were too weak and malnourished to nurture their offspring with love, warmth and nourishment; only eight survived.  The farmer wanted to commit suicide.  Two months ago a farmer shot

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Beaufort West Water Distribution

Beaufort West Water Distribution
We were joined by Radio Gamka, The Courier, Beaufort West Municipality Bulletin and the Mayor, Mr Jacob van De Linde, at a drought relief distribution in Beaufort West.
 
Items Distributed:
  • 4000 x 5lt Water
  • 500 x Food Buckets
  • 500 x 1kg Rice
  • 500 x Blankets
  • 500 x Portable Water Containers
  • 1030 x Stationery Packs
  • 1000 lt Water Tank
Total Project Value: R298 339.70
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Stellenbosh Declared Level 4 Zone

Stellenbosh Declared Level 4 Zone

Gift of the Givers distributed water to the community of White Blocks, Smartie Town and Lang Straat in Cloetesville, Stellenbosh.

The Stellenbosch Municipality has declared the area on level 4 alert due to the shortage of water in the area. The following quantities were delivered:

  • 1800 x 5lt
  • 500 x 1.5lt
  • 2500 x 500ml

 

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Drought Relief for Klipheuwel Community

Drought Relief for Klipheuwel Community
The Klipheuwel residents were grateful for a "day off" from having to cart buckets of water from the communal taps that service a community without running water in their homes. A drenching rain couldn't stop them from collecting the bottled water that Gift of the Givers delivered.
 
2100 x 5lt bottles delivered to the Klipheuwel community.
 
Total Project Value: R54 558.00.
 
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09/05/2017 - Hopefield Community

09/05/2017 - Hopefield Community

Gift of the Givers Western Province branch commences is Winter Warmth distribution in Hopefield, distributing 1005 TFG (The Foschini Group) blankets and 5000L water to a community afflicted by water scarcity.

Total Project Value: R172 580.00.

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Jojo's for Mtwaku Villages

Jojo's for Mtwaku Villages
Gift of the Givers delivers 2 Jojo water tanks to villages in Mtwaku, Eastern Cape. The tanks get their water supply from a borehole belonging to MyLife Foundation as gutters were destroyed by hurricane winds in the region.
 
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8 Jojo's for 5 Villages in Eastern Cape

8 Jojo's for 5 Villages in Eastern Cape
8 by 2500 litre Jojo water tanks delivered to Ward 18, Mtwaku Nqamawe region in the Eastern Cape. The tanks will serve 5 villages in the area, namely Tunga, Mdeni, Ntebeni, Ezivlathini and Kwachief.
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Greytown Community

Distributed a total of 3000 litres of drinking water (600x5l) to the drought stricken area of Greytown in KZN.
The distribution took place at the local  hospital, clinic and AIDS care centre.
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