MEC concerned with #FSfloods’ damage

The Agriculture MEC, William Bulwane

The Agriculture MEC, William Bulwane, has raised his concerns with the recent floods caused by heavy rain in the Free State.

He says although they are delighted with the rain, they are concerned with the extent of damages caused to roads in farming areas and the damages to crops. He also says he doesn’t foresee a good harvest this year because of these damages caused by the floods.

Bulwane did, however, commit himself to help the farming community in the province and work with different unions in order to change the lives of small scale farmers, amongst others.

“There are challenges – I must admit – but we are striving [forward]. We are so happy about the rain, even though it caused floods. Many areas are flooded and some bridges have collapsed. Crops are dying because of too much water, so it’s a serious challenge to be faced with,” he adds.

Bulwane on Thursday spoke on the sidelines of a meeting with the bereaved families of eight victims who drowned at the Somerset East farm near Steynsrus in the Free State on Sunday.

He was accompanying Free State premier Sisi Ntombela and MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, while visiting these families. They brought food parcels and also sent their heartfelt condolences to the families and the community in the area.

Meanwhile, Bulwane adds the working relationship between his department and the farming community will just be a continuation of where they left off. He says although he cannot quantify the amount of money spent since the national lockdown, his department has spent quite a substantial amount of money to help communities in the province.