Trompsburg farmers overwhelmed by assistance after fires

13 December 2018

 

“You feel the damage to your business and farm and can still handle that. But when people supply feed and you know they do not even have enough for themselves, it really touches you and you don’t really know what to say.” This is according to Andries Kotzé, Chairman of the Trompsburg Agricultural Association, about the assistance they received the last few weeks after devastating veldfires. 

Kotzé and the farming community are incredibly grateful for the help, feed, donations and money received from businesses, agricultural associations and the general public. According to him assistance has come far beyond their district. The agricultural and South African community opened their hearts after fires caused major damage between 15 and 17 November 2018 in the Trompsburg area.

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Free State Agriculture will work together to protect property rights

17 November 2018

 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) is extremely disappointed, but not surprised, about the recommendation of the Constitutional Review Committee after a monthly process of public participation to amend Section 25 of the Constitution. It will work with all organizations, who is pursuing the same goal, to prevent this broken and politically-manipulated process run its course.

This is according to Francois Wilken, President of FSA, after the committee on 15 November 2018 recommended that Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended to allow expropriation without compensation.

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FSA condemns President Ramaphosa's statement regarding no farm killings

 

 

27 September 2018 

 

It is with great disappointment that Free State Agriculture (FSA) has taken note of the statements made by Mr Cyril Ramaphosa during an interview at with Bloomberg Global Business Forum during his recent visit to the United Nations in New York.

Mr Ramaphosa is quoted as saying: "There are no killings of white farmers in South Africa ... there are no land grabs in South Africa" ​​and also "land is the original sin in the history of South Africa" ​​with reference that the land issue was handled incorrectly hundreds of years ago and must be balanced.

It is disturbing that Mr Ramaphosa also chose his words to emphasize that President Donald Trump of America was incorrectly informed about what was called in the 'Trump Tweet'.

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FSA makes statement

6 September 2018

 

“Free State Agriculture (FSA) wants to make it clear that as a result of discussions our members and the future of agriculture are our highest priority. It is also important that all role players in agriculture keep talking about the industry challenges, because this challenge is now greater than any individual or organization,” said Francois Wilken, President of FSA.

This is also why FSA’s Executive Management had a special meeting in Bloemfontein on 4 September 2018, which included an open and straightforward discussions with the leaders of Agri SA. According to Wilken, bottlenecks, uncertainties and constructive participation in the agricultural process were discussed with Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA, and Omri van Zyl, Executive Officer of Agri SA, as well as the concerns of FSA members.

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FSA addresses land issue at annual congress

Francois Wilken. Photo: Conrad Bornman / Mediaboer

17 August 2018

 

A watershed congress. Probably the most important in the history of agriculture in South Africa and the Free State. That is how Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), described his organization’s annual congress.

According to Wilken, “there is nowhere in the world where farmers have to farm under the same pressures as South African farmers”.

More than 250 guests attended the congress, where land expropriation without compensation was high on the agenda, on 15 and 16 August 2018 in Bloemfontein. The theme was Back to Our Members and farmers had the opportunity to share and debate their concerns with FSA.

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Land used to shift focus, says Wilken

6 August 2018

 

With its late night announcement last week that the Constitution will be changed, the ANC pushed the land debate beyond the point of reason. It becomes clearer that it is a power struggle within the ANC that divides the party and land is used to shift the focus. This is according to Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA).

“People are deprived on municipal level by poor management and service delivery, which drives emotions and makes meaningful solution-driven conversation virtually impossible.”

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FSA warns against fraud of so-called “police officers”

23 July 2018

So-called “police officers” calling farmers about their stolen livestock and property which has been recovered are still operating in the Free State. According to Dr Jane Buys, Security and Risk Analyst at Free State Agriculture (FSA), there are 17 towns or areas in the province that since the start of this year fell victim to this. They are Bethulie, Bloemfontein, Brandfort, Clarens, Cornelia, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Glen, Heilbron, Hennenman, Koffiefontein, Rosendal, Springfontein, Theunissen, Viljoenskroon, Virginia and Winburg.

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Public hearings on amendment of Article 25 of Constitution

2 July 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) represents its members at the public hearings in the Free State, Botshabelo (2 July), Welkom (3 July) and Phuthaditjhaba (4 July), on the amendment of Article 25 of the Constitution and expresses its position at the hearings. It has also sent a submission, before the deadline of 15 June 2018, to the Constitutional Review Committee.

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FSA requests special unit after double farm murder in Van Stadensrus

27 June 2018

Bigger government intervention is needed and a special unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) must be established to investigate farm murders nationally to see if it is organized or not.

This is according to Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), after a senseless double farm murder, which brought the number of farm murders in the Free State to five this year, on 25 June 2018 on an elderly couple from Van Stadensrus.

FSA expresses its sympathy towards the family of Choppie Bruwer (78) and his wife, Marian, (68) who has been murdered and condemn any form of farm attacks and crimes.

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FSA urges farmers to be involved in safety structures

18 June 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Klaus Meier, of the farm Asgard near Ladybrand, who was murdered. FSA condemns any kind of farm attacks and crimes and strongly opposes what happened to Meier.

Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, called on his organization's members and farmers in the Free State to be involved in organized agriculture.

“Free State Agriculture condemns the senseless violence committed against farmers and asks the agricultural community to be actively involved in the structures of organized agriculture,” he said. “This includes the active application of the Rural Safety Plan and also support networks of surrounding farmers in the area, such as your neighbours.”

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