When SA unites: Eskom turns to farmers for help following severe storm

When SA unites: Eskom turns to farmers for help following severe storm

Earlier this week, Eskom had to call on local farmers in Modimolle for help after they got stuck trying to fix damage caused by a storm.

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On Sunday, a severe storm destroyed everything in it's path, including eight of Eskom's overhead power lines.

So, naturally Eskom deployed teams to fix the damage. However, their trucks got stuck in muddy ground after the area received heavy rainfall, up to 100mm an hour.

Panicking, they tried to figure out what to do- so, they called on the local farmers to help.

Briefly.co.za gathered the incident was shared on social media by Johann Abrie, one of the farmers who came to Eskom's rescue.

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Abrie's post read:

"On Sunday we had a massive storm, wind and heavy rain on our farm outside Modimolle. Almost 100mm of rain fell in an hour and strong winds destroyed everything in it's path, including 8 huge ESKOM overhead power lines."
"Yesterday ESKOM called me to say that all their trucks got stucked in the mud. (almost as deep as their financial woes) and there was no way for them to get out of that mess."
"I went there and found one hell of a catastrophe. ESKOM didn't know who to turn to, so they turned to the farmers for help."
"I quickly got on the phone and mobilised a few neighbouring farmers."
"Within an hour some of the biggest tractors in Limpopo arrived on the scene. The farmers physically pulled the ESKOM trucks out of the mud and dragged them to the areas where they have to conduct their work. Once done, they dragged them out to dry land and went on to drag another truck in and out. In and out, in and out. Untill long after dark last night. The farmers took over the entire salvage operation."
"Without these farmers ESKOM would have been stuck there in the mud until the Kingdom come. Ordinary recovery vehicles could simply not rescue them as those machines would have got stuck in the mud as well."
"These guys did not hesitate when I called them. They simply pulled their tractors out of their cropfields and came to us."
When SA unites: Eskom turns to farmers for help following severe storm

Some photos of the farmers' efforts to help Eskom. Photo credit: Johann Abrie/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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"This country and it's people are hugely indebted to our South African farmers. They have to make a living under extremely difficult conditions in order to feed our nation and when you call them to do a higher national duty without compensation for the greater good of our people, they don't blink an eye. They just come."
"Thank you to all my neighbouring farmers for your help yesterday, in particular Arno du Toit and Hector Mountany. You are true South African patriots."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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