PICS: Breede valley farm counts cost of extreme Cape weather

2013-11-25 14:31
Rawsonville -  Rooinekkie farm, a few kilometres outside Rawsonville, has reportedly lost an estimated R1 million's worth of vineyards after heavy rain fall in the Breede Valley region last week.

The Holsloot River, located near the Bosluistepel Campsite, flooded its banks as a result of heavy weather conditions. This caused river rocks to wash up over the banks, damaging large portions of the farms' vineyards.

Local resident Jan Stofberg said that while he estimates the damage on this particular farm to be in the region of R1-million, the cost to the soil and the community as a whole is immeasurable.
A manager of the Bosluistepel Campsite told News24 Travel that she hasn’t been able to investigate the damage caused to the area on the opposite side of the river, since the gravel road that was once a pathway for guests and employees to enter the campsite and picnic area, has now been washed away.

The harsh effects of the storm has clearly dented the productivity of the farm, yet it hasn’t dampened the spirits of workers on the farm - who went straight to work, trying to salvage whatever they could following the natural disaster.


Bosluistepel is a private camping site, situated between the river and mountains, offering campers an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The area is also an occasional entertainment area for business functions and team building sessions.

Now that the camping area has been completely cut off by a pool of water and surplus rocks, workers stand a greater chance of losing business and possibly their jobs. It remains unclear when authorities will be able to mop up the damage.

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