In a recent accident on the N1 between De Doorns and Touwsrivier in the Western Cape, six agri workers lost their lives and 21 were injured. The accident happened in the early morning and entailed the collision between two trucks. One of the trucks carried 28 farmworkers.

The Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, Dr Ivan Meyer, immediately facilitated access to counselling for the families of the deceased and injured. The department will also determine to what extent they can assist with funeral arrangements and provide further support.

“Agri workers play a critical role in food production and the economy of the Western Cape. They are unsung heroes,” said Meyer. “I wish the injured a speedy recovery and extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. May their souls rest in peace.”

Condolences from Minister Didiza  

“I would like to send my deepest and sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza. “What saddens me the most is that one of the deceased was a young lady who was also the mother of two-year-old twins.

“I take note that the farmworkers met their untimely death on their way to work. These men and women are at the centre of our nation’s food production. The accident happened at a time in which their role has been to ensure food security for our country,” she added.

The minister extended her appreciation to Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha, as well as a member of the provincial legislature, Pat Maraan, who immediately went on scene and later visited the families of the deceased and injured. – Ursula Human, AgriOrbit