Jacaranda FM listeners have raised R523 750 in just 48 hours to help the farmers who have lost almost everything due to the wildfires.
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Jacaranda FM listeners have raised R523 750 in just 48 hours to help the farmers who have lost almost everything due to the wildfires.


Free State, South Africa (26 October 2020) – Raging wildfires have destroyed nearly 100 000ha of farmland in the western Free State, burning down homes and wrecking food supplies.

The fires reportedly started on Sunday, the 18th of October when service delivery protesters burned tyres on the R708 road between Hertzogville and Christiana.

In South Africa, farming is the biggest commercial source of food. Farmers feed our nation daily. Drought in South Africa is busy taking its toll; farmers are giving up, crying for help just to keep their animals alive for a bit longer.

On Friday morning, the Jacaranda FM “Good Morning Angels” donated R50 000 to get the ball rolling, to assist farmers in the Free State who have been brought to their knees by devastating fires.

This was to answer a call by former Springbok lock, Bakkies Botha who appealed to Jacaranda FM listeners to support a convoy of trucks, loaded with fodder and feed for cattle and livestock, that could be brought to safety as well as veterinarian medical supplies to treat burnt animals. Interim figures show that 300 heads of cattle died in the fires.

Initially, nine truck were scheduled to leave for the Western Free State on Sunday, 25 October – but thanks to Jacaranda FM listener response, 50 truckloads of assistance reached the area. In addition, a total of R 523 750 has so far been donated to Good Morning Angels to give assistance towards the Free State Farm Fires. This morning, we catch up with Bakkies Botha as well as Chris van Beljon from Boere Droogtehulp SA, who have been to the affected area to drop off the supplies.


To donate to this cause, click on “Donate”, select Good Morning Angels and follow the prompts. All funds donated from Friday 23 October 2020 to midnight on Wednesday 28 October 2020, will go towards the Free State Farm Fires.

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Sources: Jacaranda FM
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