Farmers reach out to Duduza

2011-10-05 12:41

Johannesburg - Food items have been donated to the Duduza community by farmers in the area, after a tornado ripped through the settlement at the weekend, Agri SA said on Tuesday.

"Duduza is our neighbour and in agriculture neighbours help each other in times of need," Agri Gauteng president Andre Botha said.

An 8-year-old boy died, 166 people were injured and 2 790 people were left homeless after the tornado descended on the settlement near Nigel, on Sunday night. Over 550 homes were destroyed.

Duduza was declared a disaster area on Monday.


A call was made to all Agri SA members to donate to the Duduza community.

"The response which came with offers of food was immediate and overwhelming and there is appreciation for the human kindness shown by members of the organisation," Botha said.

The first food was delivered on Monday before the relief infrastructure was properly in place. It included more than four tons of maize meal, eggs, and crates with vegetables.

Many farmers in the surrounding Klip River, Heidelberg and Nigel area were also affected by the storm.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane thanked South Africans for coming to the assistance of the victims.

"The compassion and the spirit of ubuntu that has been displayed by South Africans of all hues to the many families who are affected by the devastating impact of the tornado must be lauded," she said on Tuesday.

Mokonyane said the province had set up a joint operations centre to co-ordinate relief efforts, and to install toilets and water tankers.

Agri Gauteng called on farmers in the area to further assist the community. Donations could be made to the General Manager of Agri Gauteng Dirk Hanekom at 012 6433400 or 082 3130042 or via e-mail on

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  • THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 12:48

    And these are the people they sing to shoot and kill....well done to the farmers for showing compassion

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-10-05 12:53

      I well done to the farmers

      Zizo Snr - 2011-10-05 13:56

      Maybe this farmers ignore the rantings by politicians, why don't you? This is the only way to build a nation riddled with racism, we must show an act of kindness against all odds.

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 16:03

      @myancmyfutur...i was referring to the government leaders and the YL...but my guess is (since you brought it up) that most of the people in those areas have sung the song plenty of times

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 16:05

      @Zizo Snr...the fact is that most of the people 'ranting' that song are not politicians but their followers...sad but true.

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 16:07

      @samzaG....that doesn't even deserve a reply...totally idiotic

  • juan - 2011-10-05 12:49

    Hey Ju Ju where is that song of yours? Rather worry about getting the mines and do not care about the people

      Ryan77 - 2011-10-05 16:51

      FEED ME.. MAKE ME STRONG SO THAT TOMORROW I CAN KILL YOU!!! Who is now the dum ass ??

  • ZumaDooma - 2011-10-05 12:50

    A good story for a change by N24

  • MR. Pretorius - 2011-10-05 12:52

    Some positive news for a change!! a little compassion goes a long way!

      Thabiso marumo - 2011-10-05 13:10

      It's good to see they is still a bigger man out there dispired what the likes of Malema and some of the news24 readers say.

  • Liza - 2011-10-05 12:54

    God bless u all who have a heart to give,regarless of what happened previously.

  • Pekkie - 2011-10-05 12:56

    Oh so now the white criminals are thanked! Anyone still want to tell me our Government, ANCYL leaders arnt two-faced?????? These same people will sing their hate song when the aid stops coming in, So we shall stand un-united!

      kalabafazi - 2011-10-05 13:15


      Winston - 2011-10-05 14:17

      @ PIKKIE. What are you on about??

      irony - 2011-10-05 16:18

      are you retarded?

      grant_grant - 2011-10-05 16:54

      whats more concerning is that 17 ppl like this drivel, it doesnt make any sense....? huh?

  • mosali - 2011-10-05 12:57

    you really think that the boere will get any thanks for this? don't be fooled all that will happen is that they will more hated for it will be taken as a sign of weakness - there is no gratitude for compassion in our beautiful new South Africa - where are the big mouthed leaders and where is their support for these poor people?

      Winston - 2011-10-05 14:21

      I dont think they expect to be thanked and praised etc. I believe they did it purely out of compassion for people who are and were really struggling. They are in a position to help, and they did!

      johan - 2011-10-05 15:29


  • kalabafazi - 2011-10-05 12:59

    I wonder if the ANC are even aware of the fact that there was a tornado in the area. I don't see or hear of much help coming from the goverment. It seems that ordinary South Africans are still looking out for each other. Now if we can just get rid of the real theives in Parliament things will surely get better.

      Pixie1984 - 2011-10-05 13:12

      @kalabafazi I agree. What entitles the sods in parliament to the luxury living anyway? The money could be used in many useful ways other than spoiling them..

      device - 2011-10-05 14:43

      @Kalabafazi this is exactly how all strong democracies are built. Its by people standing together despite petty differences that have been created in order to gain their obedience. Its good the ANC was not there, its good that they should learn on the news that ordinary South Africans were willing to help each other in the absence of the ANC. They should know that people have options apart from them, they should know that people are resourceful and compassionate towards each other. over a 100 years ago in Europe people suffering under oppressive and corrupt rulers stood together in the face of tragedy after tragedy. Their inept rulers failed to see a growing national consciousness and co-dependence amongst the people. It was this very consciousness that allowed the people to rid themselves of inept leadership and establish true democracy. an injury to one is an injury to all!!

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-10-05 13:00

    All you racists and boer haters, suck on that!'s a South African thing. :)

      kalabafazi - 2011-10-05 13:09

      Hear hear. The average South African, black, white, indian, coloured, will still look out for each other.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-10-05 13:14

    Farmers....feeding the always. Well done to all those give me a glimmer of hope that we are not a totally lost nation.

  • Pekkie - 2011-10-05 13:17

    The winners of the amazing race will be announced when the police find their bodies after being tortured, Raped and killed on their farms! When will the Government step in with aid? never, only the white Criminals will show compassion despite most of the culture fighting to keep a hate song going that threatens them! All i can say is you are all bigger men than me, I have seen what a crime scene on a farm looks like, I would never be so generous, I know that makes me a bad person, but i guess im not the only one who thinks like this as a discriminated minority! Big hearts you got, lets hope it dont get you and your family killed!

      Totman - 2011-10-05 13:59

      What you all said is true and right. The difference between a arm chair criticizer and the Boere is that you still want to attach weight on what is positive. They are living with these problems, but decided to reach out a hand. Live by example and through that they have a better change in succeeding changing minds and perceptions. To criticize is right, but to be so full of it that you have to do it over and over with the same refrain is the signs of being bitter and blind. I red your comments now for the past few days and none of us do not see what you see. It is all known to us. Please do not under estimate our intelligence. The point that I tried to make is that when something positive happens one should use it to benefit to the maximum. These type of news is what binds us, but by attaching negativeness to it dilute the benefit we could have used. I do not want to pick a fight with you, but hell, you should rather challenge black commentators to applaud the deed. Even Kolobe and some "friends" are sometimes lying off. I heard the Boere start to assist before the gov. could even thing what emergency plan to deploy.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-05 13:20

    Well done the farmers, but this wont stop the murders unfortunately

      Pekkie - 2011-10-05 13:29

      No it wont and their hate songs will be publicly voiced when the aid stops!

  • Ingie - 2011-10-05 13:25


      daaivark - 2011-10-05 13:45

      OK Ingie, I think people are trying to say that racism is NOT the way. At least, that is the value I attach to this gesture. Someone has remarked that we are thanking the farmers, but that is not the case, I don't see anything as simplistic as that. People are saying that this is the way we should be thinking. Pity you can't adopt that mindset.

      Ingie - 2011-10-05 14:05

      @ Daaivark - well unfortunately its the whites that get knocked down all the time by the blacks BUT when help is needed, things wanted etc who are the first to help - the Indians and the whites -so i rest my case and if you believe to think differently the so be it. Why dont you look at a lot of the comments here most are similar to mine so dont just throw the stones at me.

      daaivark - 2011-10-05 14:13

      Um.... reading like mad Ingie, and most seem to commend the farmers on being what South Africans should be, many quite explicitly removing themselves from any black/white discourse. Rest your case as much as you like, I don't just "believe to think differently" but do think differently, thank heavens.

  • Sharkie - 2011-10-05 13:33

    And where is government with relief - nerens - but we waaant yoh fam en we demaaaaand...... And here are people with big heart giving when ten to one they've thought of mirdering you in your sleep and raping your wife.

  • daaivark - 2011-10-05 13:38

    THIS IS THE WAY WE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOULD OPERATE! Mooi so mense. Daar is hoop. Well done people, there is hope.

      White Oak - 2011-10-05 14:12

      Liberal much? Won't help in the end, you know...

      cerveza - 2011-10-05 14:29

      @White Oak - and how is being a negative nancy helping "in the end"?

      Winston - 2011-10-05 14:31

      @ DAAIVARK. As soon as we can get rid of the monetary system, there is another way for us all to live together in the true spirit of UBUNTU and have enough food etc for EVERYONE. I personally believe that all these religions on earth, actually keep us seperated in stead of uniting us. Get rid of organised religion and BS dogma etc. and we will be well on our way... Visit There can be a very bright future for us all if we can only work together!

      daaivark - 2011-10-05 14:52

      Winston, I don't quite know why you level anti-religious rhetoric at me, as I generally make it very clear that I embrace no religion, organised or otherwise, nor why you pick on this old liberal to comment on economic systems which are not relevant to the issue at hand. I too have issues with basic greed - and a monetary system based on strange notions. But here's the thing. Monetary systems are now firmly entrenched across the globe and simply sidestepping them would be national suicide given that most of the world (for whatever reason - acceptable or not) is firmly embedded in a western style market economy. Even China seeks trade and in order for that to happen market systems have to be deployed. White Oak: I don't really see what your point is? What won't help who?

      Winston - 2011-10-05 15:21

      @ Daaivark. Firmly entrenched it may be. But will fall sooner or later. Was I picking on YOU?? leveling anti-religious rhetoric at you? apologies! I did not mean to offend or upset you!! Like I said, ITS WHAT I BELIEVE. Obviously we cannot sidestep this! BUT, what do we do when the economies the world over comes crashing down? Millions of people will starve to death, as thousands already are. There must be another way. As much as we think we are free, we are actually slaves! But hey, each to his own! Thanks for the reply anyway! Have a nice day sir!

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-05 15:55

      @cerveza negative nancy? That must be the gayest expression I've ever heard!

  • woodifer - 2011-10-05 13:40

    that is great for the farmers to do that.who is going to distribute this food though?

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-10-05 13:41

    Are these the same farmers who down the line possibly stand a chance of becoming a statistic? Just shows you the commitment and courage some people have! Amazing sense of compassion and forgiveness.

  • Babhekile - 2011-10-05 13:42

    Well done to the farmers for assisting the needy.We need people like you, who make a difference that moves SA forward. Blessed is the hand that gives-much is coming your way.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-10-05 13:43

    @EnglishBoer, your comments are always devoid of intelligence, please makew one intelligent comment I will change my perception about you. Cerveza is correct when he says you like it when someone sings "kill the boer" because it gives you self justification for being a hateful racist.

  • blog24 - 2011-10-05 13:46

    So why has Juju not come to the rescue of the poor people effected..... that’s because he has no intention of ever really helping the poor. Good on the farmers for being the real hero’s. At the end of the day when there is such devastation you always get to see who is really human, cause a real human is someone that can not see another human suffer despite colour or hate speech.

  • JAB - 2011-10-05 13:47

    Still wanna kill the farmers?

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-10-05 13:47

    I take my hat off to you guys!

  • gary.delacy - 2011-10-05 13:50

    Its not about proving anything just people helping people,keep politics out of it.

      daaivark - 2011-10-05 14:54

      YES I agree. Nevertheless, the fact that it happens proves to me that there is indeed worth in some South Africans.

  • bcnw - 2011-10-05 13:55

    And wee he putting his hand in his pocket to help??????Will he `shoot the boers` who are assisting his own people?

  • Lee - 2011-10-05 13:55

    They don't like the farmers, but who is the one's that will feed them??? Not their own people. That is why we are different because we don't see colour we help where help is needed. Why can't the criminals see it like that.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-10-05 15:03

      Who is their people Lee? Arent farmers South Africans too same as those affected by the storm. This much blind and irrational hatred cannot be good for your spleen go and see a doctor.... This goes for Ingie, Pixie (1984) and Pekkie. Sound like the three blind mice. We need rationality and humanity is South Africa not your brand of destructive racism. Good on you farmers for showing humanity and solidarity to your fellow South Africans. Down on you three blind mice for using even this heart warming story as a tool to sow division and to spread your poisonous gospel. You know Ingie, Pixie 1984 and Pekkie neo Natsis in Europe are desperately looking for members to grow their ranks.... in Europe. There are so many organisations that would love to help you emmigrate.

  • nvl - 2011-10-05 13:56

    “Kiss the boer, kiss the farmer!” ;-)

  • Binky65 - 2011-10-05 14:07

    Just as well the farms were not part of "redistibution". Otherwise there would not have been food to donate

  • HJS - 2011-10-05 14:17

    Really great comendable deeds of kindness. So sad that the "reward" will most likely be a gruesome farm attack on one of those farms before the end of the year, leaving once again a gory trail of blood and wanton destruction. Eg. think Amy Biehl, Cape Town.....volunteer health care worker Alexandra.... sadly that happens regularly.

      daaivark - 2011-10-05 14:55

      Oh shush.

  • Suspook - 2011-10-05 14:19

    Then the same people brutally murder the farmers a month from now.

      Winston - 2011-10-05 15:29

      At least they did their part!!! WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO??? I bet these poor people have much more to worry about then killing the farmers... They need to think of feeding their families!! Cant we all just be positive for once??

  • purevirgo - 2011-10-05 14:22

    Thumbs up for a work well done. Viva Agri Gauteng VIVA! May GOD GIVE YOU EXCEEDINGLY.this was a sign of good regard to fellow humans. God bless you all.WE NEED EACH OTHER IN TIMES LIKE THIS, I just remembered the story of having to wait for somebody to do it and realed that somebody was no one but me and you!

  • sansu - 2011-10-05 14:29

    Is this not typical...again the farmers are the people that reach out and help. Where are the ANCYL and their rich donors??? You never hear that they are giving anything but are quick to blame the white farmers and white comunity for 'swimming in wealth'.

      daaivark - 2011-10-05 14:56

      Oh cut it out, sansu. No room for your petty obsession here. A good thing has been done. People are expressing appreciation, both black and white. It is really time for divisive people like you to shut ** up.

  • khumbuz - 2011-10-05 14:32

    Big up to farmers for helping out. where are the ANC clowns......

  • purevirgo - 2011-10-05 15:00

    i LOVE YOUR MENTALITY daaivark. SOUTH AFRICA IS SHORT OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU! If the wagon is heading to the cliff and have a chance to rescue it from falling its peolpe like pekkie,sansui and suspook who would first peep to look who is in the wagon before they care a damn doing the right thing. Census need not waste time counting these sub-humans, they are a disgrace to human kind, or kanjani?

      Pekkie - 2011-10-05 15:33

      Unlike Malenama who sings Kill the Farmer Kill the Boer, The Farmers are singing One Township one Tomato! lol Sorry didnt see you standing up against all the racism against whites, and yes I would first look, why should i help when im regarded as Rubbish white criminal, My money is good but no place for me here in SA, The ANC have lead by fine example, Help yourself first, and just so you know, we say these things not to try score browny points here on news24, its reality in SA, I stop to help no one but me and those who have done me no wrong, the rest must stand together and help themselves! It makes me a bad person yes, But im guessing you havnt been a victim of violent crime where some uneducated black fool tries to rape your wife in front of you, trying to imagine it wont help, you have to be there, So ride your white pony, it will eventually be pulled out from under you.

  • sansu - 2011-10-05 15:27

    Daaivark your name suits you, I was just stating a fact, but offcourse people like you and your likes will always be the bleeding heart libs... Why must I shut up???? I have the right to say what I feel like just as you, dumb prick

      Winston - 2011-10-05 15:34

      But why ALWAYS the negativity??? What have you done to improve our country, South-Africa??? Start doing good and be positive and it will rub off on others!

      device - 2011-10-05 15:40

      @sansu There is absolutely nothing factual about your comment. It is an opinion and you are correct in asserting that right. However you should never forget that it is your opinion and not a fact. Never confuse facts and opinions, it makes you look stupid

      Johann - 2011-10-05 15:41

      You get my vote sansu! Daaivark is a bleeding heart ,wait till this thing pans out, he will change his tune, that brutal family murder by a 20 year old in De Deur? Laat ons hoor my varkie.

      Pekkie - 2011-10-05 15:42

      Sansu its your right buddy, do it! Never care what people think. Have a good day bro, they are only few, there are many who have had enough and just want to move on!

      Pekkie - 2011-10-05 15:49

      @Winston he pays taxes, that gets misused, he has every right to be negative, I find your comment negative, why not give a positive comment in the hope it rubs off on him, we need to practice what we preach!

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-05 15:59

      sansu Ignore daaivark he is just confused. You see, he actually thinks that his liberal outlook will save him when the tsotsi's come for him...

      Pekkie - 2011-10-05 16:11

      Ok now that everyone is calm, lets sing a song, no not shoot the farmer kill the boer, its called One Township one Tomato! lmao Have a good one guys, im heading out for a ice cold beer!

      device - 2011-10-05 16:49

      Winston I agree with you. Here a group of farmers who have not had the best of luck in SA recently decided to put negativity on the shelf and do something positive to show that they care about fellow South Africans. It is unfortunate that sansu & co cannot see this and instead continue spreading negativity and making all sorts of generalizations about people living in townships such as Duduza. sansu, pekkie, Johann you and negative outlook is actually what is wrong with SA today!

  • litefeather - 2011-10-05 15:59

    God does work in wonderfull ways,and it is indeed a good way to start,what the farmers did was not only an act off kindness but a deed of people with real values,they should keep it up,God is more powerfull than the governement or any for that matter

  • Pickle - 2011-10-05 17:00

    Dieselfde mense wat so vermoor word omdat hulle wit afrikaners is kom nou tot die redding.. WEEREENS, ALTYD...

  • Katlegob - 2011-10-10 15:23

    We are the South Africans. We are the care takers and the givers. Proud to be ONE! Ju ju, what did you give for our people in need?

  • FrankieM - 2011-10-13 17:48

    We all need to help each other, its what makes humans one step higher in the food chain. Colour and race do not enter into it when there is a real need for compassion and assistance. This is what makes our country such a great one. Despite the politicians and small minded individuals that are negative about each and every thing that happens. This is a great country and her people by and large are also great. Truly a rainbow nation full of promise for the future. And to all those negative folk out there, go soak your heads

      Estelle - 2011-10-13 17:53

      My ondervinding op grondvlak is dat ons as verskillende rasse eintlik goed klaarkom en dat daar wel wedersydse respek onder mekaar is. Die probleem is: ons korrupte, rassistiese regering wat alles bederf!

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