Workers risk lives to save farmer from fire

2012-11-20 08:40

Bloemfontein - Two farmworkers risked their lives to save their employer who was about to be engulfed by flames during a veld fire on his farm Witvlei in the Northern Cape.

Slimly built Arrie Meyer, 30, and Andries Depone, 44, did not hesitate to rush through flames to carry the 200kg Johan de Bruyn, 65, to safety, reported Volksblad.

De Bruyn, a former Springbok prop, was fighting the fire on his farm when his car became stuck and as he got out, he slipped and fell.

Depone said he saw the fire was going to reach De Bruyn and decided to go in to help him. He said he didn’t think twice because De Bruyn was a good man.

“I was a bit scared but I took the chance to save him,” said Depone who along with Meyer, carried the farmer by the arms.

Meyer said there was no one else on the farm and De Bruyn needed help.

“I don’t know where we got the strength. All I could think of was [saving] him from the fire.”

The farmer’s wife, Nettie de Bruyn said she was deeply grateful to the two men.

“We aren’t the farmers and they the workers. We all work together here on Witvlei.”

De Bruyn was admitted to hospital with burn wounds to his legs, arm and hand. He is in a stable condition.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-20 08:46

    Aw.. what a lekker feel-good story for a change. Give those men an increase!! *grins*

      luyolo.mgodi - 2012-11-20 09:33

      They Deserve it.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-20 08:51


      victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-20 09:42

      Wonder who would give me a hands down? Did somebody actually want that farmer to die?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-20 08:51

    Good work boys!! 200kg eish!

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-20 08:53

    Well done, god will bless you.

  • njdejager - 2012-11-20 08:54

    Such a great story!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 08:54

    See they can work together and help each other. Good news for a change.

  • myfriendshane - 2012-11-20 08:54

    Set up a fund and let us send them a Christmas present.

  • Elisha - 2012-11-20 08:59

    South Africa has hope! I aint giving up on this country. We will be a rainbow nation. It wont be much longer! Well done to these workers. They deserve an increase.

  • karabo.legodi.54 - 2012-11-20 09:00

    God bless the two men, and may he heal and restore the farmer back to health.

  • ryno.colyn - 2012-11-20 09:04

    what a great story! well done guys!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-20 09:04

    Give me the bank account numbers of these two people and I will personally transfer a cash reward into their accounts to say "Thank you" fot the unselfish and heroic deed that they performed.

      thomasdauglas.mnisi - 2012-11-20 09:30

      Mr.Grimbeek you are a hero too. Your willingnes to help these guys is a sign of good leadership. May you kindness be rewarded accordingly. You deserve praise. This country needs more courageous and generous people like you. Thank you Sir. God bless you.

      pmogala - 2012-11-20 10:59

      Wow.... Jan.

  • jess.wags.5 - 2012-11-20 09:04

    Give these men a raise.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-20 09:05

    Finally a positive news report on News24. It is really good to see that there is still hope for everyone to get along in SA. Give those 2 hero's a Bells!!!

  • andtowns - 2012-11-20 09:11

    Give those men a BELLS!

  • riotousr - 2012-11-20 09:12

    There is always a human story and this land of the disparaged and the downtrodden. It is always nice to hear this kind of events every now and again. Eish, let them have an Eish, again.

  • nazeem.majiet.7 - 2012-11-20 09:14

    This story deserves all the praises it's getting here,the timing is perfect and assists in restoring our faith in humanity and each other black,brown,white or whatever other colour of our rainbow nation we might be.Well done to the workers May the Almighty make your deed inspire others to do the same.long live South Africa.

  • lande.willemse - 2012-11-20 09:14

    Aaahhh... real life heroes! That is awesome.

  • ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-20 09:19

    Well Done Gents, 200kg isn't easily moved

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-11-20 09:20

    At long last -- a story of "south Africans" working together in a time of need and not "greed" Well done guys...:-)

  • thomasdauglas.mnisi - 2012-11-20 09:24

    This world would be a better place to live in if we had at least 20% of the population with the same spirit,risking your life to save someone. This is commendable. These guys are heroes of Ubuntu/humanity. Well done.

  • rupert.magande - 2012-11-20 09:34

    You reap what you sow , its obvious the farmer is a good man and is good to his workers hence these guys had no problem risking their lives to save their boss , he who looks after others will surely be looked after by others as well .

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-20 09:35

    Christelle there ar millions of people like in S.A, when when you say the Gov is trying to poison people, which people? Lets exists outside politics for a day please. This is just a good story that will do well without mention of Gov.

      veldt66 - 2012-11-20 10:44

      If i saw u in trouble Christelle I won't think for a moment to help u & I hpe u won't

      ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-20 11:40

      Christelle, where is this Paradise you speak of??? :)

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-11-20 11:51

      Tsk, Christelle. Stick to Nashville websites please. Time and place

  • brandon.conroy3 - 2012-11-20 09:37

    news 24 take this as a cue and make a point of posting positive stories like this every day, I believe that the vast majority of South Africans are good people who want to work together for the future, PROUDLY South African!

  • Lionel Simmers - 2012-11-20 09:38

    Stuff the Bells, give them a stake in the farm, just one hectare. Small price to pay. Gid bless everyone involved

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-20 09:50

      Sorry Lionel, but on those farms you need thousands of hectares to make a living. They should rather think of something else.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-20 09:40

    Now thats what I call Nation Building!

  • Carol Benater - 2012-11-20 09:41

    Leandra u should be ashamed of urself for posting that comment, it is short sighted ppl like u that escalates hate and violence, well done to those workers!!!!!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-20 09:43

    Here is hope to make South Africa a beter country, YES WE CAN, if we follow the way of life displayed by all in this incident.You gentleman are true heroes, not only by saving the farmer but also restoring some faith, YES WE CAN.

  • rochelle.kruger.14 - 2012-11-20 09:44

    i wanted to take a break from news24 because of all the negative terrible stories and the hectic comments did not make it easier and than this story appear oh my word and i have hope again in humananity.

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  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-20 09:51

    Give those men a Bells.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-20 09:53

    Well done guys. Now teach the others how to save instead of how to kill. You two are a good inspiration.

  • malcolm.ramaphele - 2012-11-20 10:01

    Well done, good job!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-20 10:07

    The lesson here is treat people how you want to be treated so when there is a fire they will rescue you as you would them....

  • stertjie.stert - 2012-11-20 10:18

    heart-warming, brave, bravo!

  • savannah.theron - 2012-11-20 10:18

    This is a real story about real South Africans just like you and me. Any one of us would help another who was in trouble. The media need to print more reports like this so that everyone will realise how much good is out there. Love my country and all her people.

  • ThembaRadebe - 2012-11-20 10:28

    I see people havent made this a race issue yet. Great

  • andrewkhumo - 2012-11-20 10:42

    God bless you guys.

  • becky.jamieson1 - 2012-11-20 10:48

    Good employers make for good employees. Treat them well and they could save your life one day! This is proof that if you are good to people they will be good to you. Remember that!

  • Carol Benater - 2012-11-20 11:03

    Gcwabe, what a STUPID comment!!!!!!!

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-20 11:42

      Nothing stupid about my comment. I'm simply amazed that some people allow their weights to balloon so badly. That is extremely obese, and frankly it should be frowned upon.

      ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-20 11:49

      I'd disagree with extremely obese. We leave that to the 1st world countries that can afford to eat in that manner lol, eg. America, as we all know the Americans is known for there obesity, Brower Minnoch from the United States, 1941-1983, 1.85 m (6.1 ft), 635 kg, now that i would say is death defying morbidly obese

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-20 12:24

      Woah that's pretty extreme, but he was probably fat his whole life. This guy though is an ex bok front-rower, and an ex-athlete. He probably retired at the age of 35 weighing something like 120Kg. He's let himself go and gained around 80Kg. So for argument sake let's say that he's 1.90m tall. At 200Kg that's a BMI of 55.4. It's incredible. The threshold for being labeled obese starts at a BMI of 30.

      ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-20 16:25

      Thanks Gcwabe, i do love facts :) I'd be inclined to agree with this logic. never the less, or more, if your day requires vasts amounts of energy consumption, your body will require vast amounts of fuel

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-11-20 19:00

    Good employer, employee relationship - yields commitment to each other. Good boys.

  • petro.heller - 2012-11-20 21:41

    Give them a Bells!!

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-25 10:32

    What a lovely story to start the day. God bless you guys.

  • Jopseph Khambule - 2013-03-25 11:06

    One in Pretoria and two in the Northern Cape,well done people,let it spread through the country and safe everyone from the frustration of loosing hope on each other,this incidents will gradualy build trust among us and our children will also learn a positive change that will lead to tolarance to one another.They did a heroic act without any equipments,well done

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