Daimler helps farmers

In association with SA Crisis Support, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered more than 100 bales of cattle feed to a farming community in Winburg, near Kroonstad in the Free State. The manufacturer provided a truck, trailer, driver and the fuel needed for the two-day operation.
To move the large quantity of feed donated by a farmer in Bronkhortspruit, a Mercedes-Benz Actros 2654 was utilised, as well as FleetBoard’s driver training tautliner trailer.
Rowlands Peters, head of FleetBoard South Africa (Daimler’s telematics system), says, “This is a manner in which we can give back to a community in need. As Daimler Trucks & Buses, we made the decision to assist this worthy cause to ensure that we have sustainable farming in South Africa. We recently participated in this year’s Nampo Harvest Day, so we were even more convinced of the need to play our part in the agricultural industry.
“We pride ourselves not only on being a leading commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturer, but more so for being a mobility solutions provider. Cattle were in desperate need of the feed, and we provided the critical link between the farmer who donated it in Bronkhortspruit, to the animals which will be fed in Winburg.” Peters drove the FleetBoard truck on the first leg of the journey.
SA Crisis Support is an initiative headed by Karen Schwendtke, a businesswoman who, in her private capacity, chairs a number of charity organisations in order to make a difference in South Africa. She extended a heartfelt thank you to Daimler Trucks & Buses, singling out the FleetBoard team who “put their resources where their mouths are” to make the initiative a resounding success. “As winter is upon us, the cattle feed will go a long way in ensuring farmers in the Winburg area can feed their cattle for the foreseeable future.”
According to the South African Weather Service, South Africa received the lowest rainfall between January and December 2015 since the recording of rainfall began in 1904. Since 1904, rainfall in all nine provinces has averaged 608 mm per year, while in 2015 it was 403 mm (66% of the annual average). The worst drought in 23 years is having devastating consequences for the farming community: without water, farmers cannot plant produce or feed livestock. This, in turn, affects the country’s economy.