Trompsburg farmers thank SAPS for good relations

18 December 2017

The good relationship between farmers and the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Trompsburg district in the Free State has reaped rewards in many ways.

It is because of this good cooperation and as a token of appreciation that the Trompsburg Agricultural Association donated meat in the festive season to the Trompsburg Police Station for its year end celebrations. According to Herman Archer of the Trompsburg Agriculture Association, they wanted to thank the SAPS for its assistance and support to the agricultural community during the past year.

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Newly appointed CEO - Free State Agriculture

Newly appointed CEO - Free State Agriculture 

 

Mr. Gerhard Kriel, newly appointed CEO of Free State Agriculture, was introduced to the media on October 4th during a press conference.

Mr. Kriel has 27 years of management experience in various industries, including; agricultural business, large scale manufacturing, food production, product development, marketing, sales, pharmaceutical industry, private label manufacturing, retail, import and medical device industries. Mr Kriel was employed by companies such as Senwes, Natalagri, Kingdom Trust, OVK, Kriel Technology Group and DAWN Ltd (WHUS / Incledon).

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The 53rd farm attack in the Free State

The 53rd farm attack in the Free State  

                                                                                        

VKB/FSA Safety Desk
Press Release

 

26 September 2017

According to the VKB/FSA Safety Desk’s statistics the 53rd farm attack of 2017 in the Free State took place early Sunday morning, 24 September 2017, when Johnny Muller from the farm Kimberley in the Frankfort district was attacked. The desk’s information indicates that Muller went out lock his bakkie in the garage when two men attacked him.

Muller was shot twice, once in his neck and once in his head. He is currently being treated in a hospital in Bloemfontein. His bakkie was stolen, but it was found abandoned and locked at Standerton later on Sunday. A fire arm was also stolen. Leads are currently being followed up to find possible suspects. Tommie Esterhuyse, chairman of the Free State Agriculture (FSA) Rural Safety Committee, says two to three suspects are being sought, as the Mullers are not sure whether only the two men who attacked him were present at the time of the incident.

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Free State Agriculture (FSA) reacts on the Wesselsbron saga

Free State Agriculture (FSA) reacts on the Wesselsbron saga

                                                                                     

                                                                                     PRESS RELEASE

31 August 2017 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) has mentioned at several occasions in the past that we will not defend the indefensible. The organisation’s stance is that everyone living and working on farms should have access to basic rights. FSA and its members, with dwellers and workers on their farms, confirm that we are subject to the prescriptions of the Constitution, Labour Laws and any other legislation that affects us directly or indirectly. We respect each other, communities and South Africa's laws. In addition, we drive agriculture within the context of the country’s laws.

Given the above mentioned, we respect the right of any one against whom allegations are made, to have a fair chance to state their case without being found guilty in the media prematurely, based on assumptions. In other words, let the law run its course without interference.

Correction of facts
The alleged guilty person is not a farmer in Wesselsbron, he only lives on the farm Driefontein in the Wesselsbron area. According to him, he is a labour broker.

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Urgent request for SAPS task team at the Lesotho border

Urgent request for SAPS task team at the Lesotho border

                                      

                                             VKB/FSA Safety Desk
                                                   Press Release

 

 

28 August 2017  

The VKB/FSA Safety Desk as well as Free State Agriculture’s (FSA) Rural Safety Committee has sent an urgent request to the Free State Police Commissioner, for the deployment of a task team at the Lesotho border. Local farmers have already made this request during a meeting with the SAPS’s top structures at Peka Bridge border post on 10 August 2017.

This follows a serious increase in farm attacks in the areas of Clocolan, Ficksburg, Ladybrand and Marquard since March 2017. According to the VKB/FSA Safety Desk’s statistics, 11 of the 49 attacks that occurred in the Free State this year, took place in these areas. Clocolan is currently the district with the most attacks this year, six (6), while three (3) were recorded at Ladybrand and one (1) at Ficksburg and Marquard each. The past week three (3) attacks occurred, one (1) at Marquard, Clocolan and Ficksburg each.

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Farmers, public requested to be vigilant for wild fires in windy conditions

Farmers, public requested to be vigilant for wild fires in windy conditions

                                                                     

                                                                        Press Release

21 August 2017 

More than 60 000 ha of veldt and about 4500 bales of feed was lost in wild fires in the Free State last week. Other damage suffered by farmers include the loss of 100 head of sheep and more than 50 head of cattle in two separate fires. More reports of livestock losses are expected.  

A fire in the Frankfort area on Thursday, 17 August 2017, burned for 26km. The fire jumped over the N3, and it was only stopped by a fire break. Thinus Steenkamp, chairperson of the Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association (FSUFPA), says 50 000 ha was lost in this fire alone. A second fire that occurred in the Cornelia area at the same time, burned for 14km before it could be brought under control. The damage caused by this fire is still being determined.

A farmer at Petrus Steyn lost 100 of his sheep in a fire that destroyed 11 500 ha of grazing on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. Steenkamp says on Thursday, 17 August 2017, seven fires occurred at the same time across the province, with strong winds (some up to 46km/h) that worsened conditions. 

                                    

               (Fire fighters in action during a fire between Brandfort and Bultfontein on Thursday, 17 August 2017)

Windy conditions expected
Free State Agriculture (FSA) would like to request all farmers and members of the public to please be vigilant in terms of wild fires. Please be extremely careful with any activities that can cause fires, especially during windy conditions.

“The Free State cannot afford another disaster with the drought at its end and given the unsure weather conditions that can occur in the 2017/18 season. We would like to request farmers to protect their grazing, we don’t know what will happen next year. Furthermore we want request drivers to please not throw cigarette buds out of vehicles, as it can cause fires in grass on the side of roads. Furthermore, we ask that the use of open fires be limited and responsible, especially on windy days. An open fire that gets out of control can cause major damage to a whole community,” according to Henk Vermeulen, chief operating officer of FSA.

Madimetja Themba, forecaster for the South African Weather Service (SAWS), expects windy conditions over the western parts of the Free State and central South Africa on Monday, 21 August 2017. These windy conditions are set to continue over the eastern parts of the Free State and central South Africa on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. The windy conditions will occur as another cold front moves across the country.

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South African Weather Service warns against cold, strong winds

South African Weather Service warns against cold, strong winds

   

14 August 2017

The South African Weather Service gas warned against a cold snap and possible snow over parts of South Africa this week. There is also a small chance that light snow can occur over parts of the Free State. Windy conditions are also expected over the Free State, Northern Cape and North West as the cold front moves over the country, and the Weather Service has also issued a warning for wild fire conditions.

Free State Agriculture (FSA) would like to remind all our members to please be vigilant for any wild fires. We would also like to repeat our earlier request to members of the public to not make open fires or throw cigarette buds out of car windows.

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Extended services of Free State Agriculture

Extended services of Free State Agriculture

                                                   

14 August 2017 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) and Mooirivier Specialised Insurance is proud to announce that a group policy to Vrystaat Landbou is provided.  All members who procure the extended services of the Legal Division of Vrystaat Landbou, will be covered under the group policy.

Good labour relations between farmers and employees are invaluable, not only in terms of work performance, but also in terms of rural safety, welfare in rural communities, upliftment, and progress.

These relationships also present challenges and risks, and these are the aspects addressed by the extended services.  This service will provide critical labour advice to the farmer and / or his labour representative.  Should a labour dispute between the farmer and his employee arise, and a finding against the farmer by the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) follows, the farmer will be compensated by the group policy.

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Free State Agriculture is now also on your phone

Free State Agriculture is now also on your phone

                                                              

                                                                Press Release

10 August 2017

    

Marketing and image building and of Free State Agriculture (FSA) as an organization as well as our members, farmers, is one of the organization's five strategic focus areas. One of the actions that form part of this, is improved member communication. As part of this, FSA has designed our own VrystaatLandbouApp. The App will contain information that is also shared on FSA's website and social media. It will also be used to reach our members directly and fast with important information using a notification function.

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Two farm attacks in 14 hours in the Free State

Two farm attacks in 14 hours in the Free State

                                                                                 

 

VKB/VL Veiligheidslessenaar/ VKB/FSA Safety Desk
Verklaring/Press Release

 2 August 2017

Two farm attacks took place in two different areas of the Free State within 14 hours from each other. According to the VKB/FSA Safety Desk’s information, six workers were attacked on Johan Botha’s farm, Balitho, near Clocolan on Tuesday, 1 August 2017. The farm is situated next to the Lesotho border.  

Two men approached four workers on the farm around 11h00 and indicated that they wanted to buy milk. Shortly afterwards the men presented their fire arms after which four more armed suspects joined them. They forced the workers towards the house. In the house the workers as well as two domestic workers were bound. The attackers then plundered the house while also preparing some food in the kitchen. They stole different domestic items as well as fire arms.

The suspects loaded their loot on a tractor and wagon and drove it to the Caledon River that is located a few hundred meters from the river. The goods were carried through the river and loaded into a vehicle with which they fled the scene. Just before the suspects drove off, they set the field on the farm’s side of the river alight.

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