Defend Truth

PHOTO ESSAY

Worcester battles farm fires: ‘We all have to work together’

Worcester battles farm fires: ‘We all have to work together’
Farmworkers and farmers keep an eye on the fire in front of a vineyard on Witelssrivier on 28 January 2024. The teams were protecting homes and vineyards in the area. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

Farmers, their families, neighbours and volunteers joined to battle a blaze in Worcester over the weekend to protect their livelihoods.

The farming community came together on Sunday in Witelsrivier in Worcester, Western Cape, to protect their properties and livelihoods. Bakkies and tractors with water tankers worked to keep the fire that was raging down the mountain from destroying vineyards and properties.

worcester fire

A farmer runs for a water hose in Witelssrivier in Worcester where 20,000 hectares has been burnt over the past week. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

worcester fire

Farmworkers move away from the fire as it flares up in Witelssrivier in Worcester. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

Worcester fire

The fire started on 22 January and edged close to farms in Worcester on Sunday, where 20,000 hectares have burnt over the past seven days. Farmers and farmworkers came together to save properties near Witelssrivier in Worcester. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

Within five minutes of Daily Maverick arriving on the scene, where crews were busy fighting the fire, farmers at the frontline said everyone had to move down the mountain as the fire was spreading too quickly.

Farmworkers tried to protect a section of beehives but had to leave them behind. Everyone moved 300m down the mountain and the battle resumed.

Farmers and their children, farmworkers and volunteers from the area all worked together to fight the fire.

One farmer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said, “I would rather stop the fire here than fight it at my farm further down. We all have to work together on this.”

The fire came close to jumping Slanghoek Road, where several farms are situated, but farmers with tractors and water tankers managed to douse the flames.

worcester fire

A tractor heads off to fight the fire near the vineyard on the left in Witelssrivier in Worcester. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

Worcester fire

The fire started on 22nd January and edged close to farms in Worcester on Sunday, where 20,000 hectares have burnt over the past seven days. Farmers and farmworkers came together to save properties near Witelssrivier in Worcester. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

worcester fire

Teams fought hard to make sure that the fire didn’t cross certain lines on to properties. To the left of this scene, people were preventing the fire from jumping over a road. (Photo: Shelley Christians)

DM

Gallery

Comments - Please in order to comment.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

X

This article is free to read.

Sign up for free or sign in to continue reading.

Unlike our competitors, we don’t force you to pay to read the news but we do need your email address to make your experience better.


Nearly there! Create a password to finish signing up with us:

Please enter your password or get a sign in link if you’ve forgotten

Open Sesame! Thanks for signing up.

Make your taxes work for you

Donate to Daily Maverick’s non-profit arm, the Scorpio Investigative Unit, by 29 February 2024 and you’ll qualify for a tax break.

We issue Section 18A tax certificates for all donations made to Daily Maverick. These can be presented to SARS for tax relief.

Make your donation today

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Daily Maverick The Gathering 2024 banner

Daily Maverick has secured an esteemed speaker line-up...

to help make sense of Elections 2024.

Trevor Manuel, Prof Thuli Madonsela and Minister Ronald Lamola are among the latest panellists confirmed for Daily Maverick The Gathering Twenty Twenty-Four.

Join us, on Thurs 14 March 2024 at CTICC Cape Town or online wherever you are, for an event that will put the election in perspective.

Become a Maverick Insider

This could have been a paywall

On another site this would have been a paywall. Maverick Insider keeps our content free for all.

Become an Insider