Two local wind energy farms have collaborated to respond to a formal request for drought relief support from sheep farmers in the Northern Cape.
The Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farms have thrown a lifeline to commercial and developing sheep farmers from 118 farms in their surrounding areas.
“Farmers, some of whom are facing ruin, are desperate for assistance that will help them cope with the situation and aid in avoiding the economic knock-on effect that will [negatively] impact the local community of Loeriesfontein,” said Vanessa Fredericks, economic development manager at Loeriesfontein Wind Farm.
According to a statement issued by the two wind farms, sheep farming was at the heart of the town of Loeriesfontein and “the crippling effect” of the drought was “threatening to directly affect an estimated 177 households that account for over 20% of this community”.
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