From the left is Paul Delport, Engen Lubricants distributor sales manager, Andrea Campher, Agri SA disaster risk manager and Jason Rathbone, key account manager distributors: Engen.

In response to severe drought across vast areas of South Africa and the associated hardships many farmers have experienced, Engen partnered with Agri SA earlier this year to help support the agricultural sector by driving contributions to Agri SA’s Drought Aid Fund.

Over six months, Engen contributed R1 to the fund for every litre of Engen lubricant sold nationwide, raising R700 000 from April to September. The money was officially handed over in Pretoria on 8 October.

Agri SA’s Drought Aid Fund is aimed at ensuring that farms remain in production and that jobs and food security are protected.

Significance of Engen’s donation

Khalid Latiff, Engen’s general manager: lubricants, says Engen is proud to play a part in an initiative that helps alleviate the adversity of thousands of farmers and farm workers given the company’s close ties to the agricultural sector.

“As a leading supplier of high-quality fuel and lubricants to the agricultural sector in South Africa, we have witnessed the impact the ongoing drought has had on farming communities. We sincerely hope that our partnership with Agri SA will help ensure the sustainability of this crucial sector.”

Andrea Campher, disaster risk manager of Agri SA, thanked Engen for their support as drought is still prevalent in many provinces. “The contribution of Engen will go a long way to assist farmers, farm workers and farming communities who are still suffering from this long-lasting drought. We will work closely with our provincial affiliates to ensure the aid reaches those who need it most.”

Latiff also thanked their customers for playing a significant role. “A big word of thanks is extended to our valued customers who purchased Dieselube 700 Super, Agritrac Super Universal, and Agrifluid Transmission lubricants from participating co-ops as they helped contribute to the Drought Aid Fund. This will go a long way in supporting and sustaining the agricultural sector.”

Superior products for agricultural use

Engen supplies a range of high-performance fuels and lubricants to farmers specifically suited to the harsh South African conditions. Most manufacturers of modern agricultural equipment operating in the region have tested and endorsed these products.

“With more than a century of experience lubricating and protecting agricultural equipment in this severe operating environment, our hard-working products have been developed to provide the best protection for farming equipment in order to increase productivity and reduce costs.  

“While it is difficult to control the external factors that lead to engine degradation, it is crucial to have certainty over what goes into your engine. Our quality lubricants combat soot, sludge and engine wear, providing exceptional piston cleanliness and optimal viscosity. As a result, you can feel confident of your machinery’s optimal performance, down to the last drop,” Latiff adds. – Press release, Engen and Agri SA