Saving Sutherland

Sutherland in the Northern Cape is in serious trouble. Man, animal and the environment are in tremendous difficulty. The area is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years; ALL two hundred boreholes that served the region have dried out as the water table has decreased substantially, the total sheep count has dropped to 25% from urgent sell off or death of the animals, grazing is non existent, pregnant sheep will lose their new babies and more deaths will follow unless there is an urgent intervention with fodder. In the last year 11 farmers have lost everything, another 56 are about to suffer the same fate. The knock on effect is the loss of jobs of virtually the entire farm labourer population and the resultant economic effect on their families. The local schools are also in crisis.

Gift of the Givers is intervening urgently to try and save Sutherland. Generous farmers in Free State have made available the first 500 bales of fodder. Gift of the Givers trucks will commence transport of these in the next 48 hours. Our hydrology team led by Dr Gideon Groenewald will be on site soon to drill deeper boreholes. Food parcels, blankets, warm clothing, hygiene packs, special supplements for fodder and school items are all urgent requirements. The population of Sutherland, well wishers and friends are trying to put something together to assist Gift of the Givers efforts. Saving Sutherland is going to be a mammoth task. Any support for this initiative will be appreciated.

A list of household needs and the needs of the farms itself can be found here:

Contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525, Pietermaritzburg, ref Sutherland. Please forward all deposit slips for Section 18 tax benefit certificates to More details on our Facebook page.

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