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Truckload of lucerne handed out to Kleinpoort farmers

Jan 15, 2020
Truckload of lucerne handed out to Kleinpoort farmers

Kleinpoort, Eastern Cape - The farming community of Kleinpoort were at a loss for words and overjoyed as they received a donation consisting of full truckload of lucerne for their farms.

The Blaauwbosch Private Game Reserve, owned by Sheik Khalaf Al Otaiba, in partnership with local businessman, Yusuf Jeeva, and his son, Munir Jeeva, Managing Director of Afri-Save Cash & Carry, from Uitenhage, facilitated the donation consisting of 810 bales of lucerne and the transport thereof to the local farming community of Kleinpoort, with all expenses including transport all the way from the Northern Cape, paid for.

This privately funded venture on behalf of Mr Jeeva and Sheik Khalaf Al Otaiba, became reality due to the close relationship between the farming community of the area, headed by Mr Schalk Nel, and Mr Jeeva. Sheik Khalaf Al Otaiba out of concern for the neighbouring farms, assisted with the process till its eventual fruition.

At 8am on the morning of Thursday, 9 January 2020, a truckload of lucerne arrived in Kleinpoort at the Blaauwbosch Private Game Reserve.

The farmers lined up their bakkies and thanks to the assistance of local volunteers and workers, each of the farmers received a substantial amount relating directly to the size of each of their farms. One by one each of the farmers were given bales of lucerne till the entire truckload was completely empty.

A free, prepared meal, also courtesy of Mr Jeeva and Sheik Khalaf Al Otaiba, was provided to the farmers and the workers who were already overwhelmed with appreciation.

“On behalf of Cockscomb Farmers Association and everyone in the community, I just want to thank you very much for this present, this gift of transport and feed that you’ve given us. This has been the worst drought in living memory and this is really needed so we really appreciate it. On behalf of us to everyone involved, formally, thank you very much,” said Mr Nel.

Despite having many charitable projects running at the moment, the Jeevas and Sheik Khalaf Al Otaiba, will continue to focus their efforts on the farming community of Kleinpoort.

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