Farm attacks threaten FState investment

2012-08-15 11:35

Bloemfontein - Investments worth millions might be lost in the Free State agricultural and tourism sectors after a panga attack on a farmer, Die Volksblad reported on Wednesday.

United States farming company SBH Farms chairperson Dr Stephan Rogers said it was not possible to work "like this" on the farm, the newspaper reported.

Rogers' brother Alan, 61, and his girlfriend were attacked on the farm Geluk, near Ladybrand, this week. Rogers said their ability to make a difference was increasingly hindered by crime.

Rogers represented a group of investors from the US and elsewhere who had taken a chance by investing in South Africa, Die Volksblad reported.

"We invested for the long term in the tourism and agricultural sector and brought in millions of dollars investment to create work in the eastern Free State," Rogers told the newspaper.

"Thefts occur weekly and even more regularly. Our lives are in danger. It is not possible to work like this."

Alan Rogers, who suffered lacerations and stab wounds, was in a stable condition in the Bloemfontein Mediclinic on Wednesday.

The attackers tied up his girlfriend, but did not harm her.

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  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-08-15 11:57

    It happens all the time, now that it is one of their own it is a big problem?

      jimmy.james.509511 - 2012-08-16 04:19

      Idiot ! It never happens in the USA, period, I have never heard of a farmer being attacked in the USA, why would we want to bring harm to those wonderful hardworking folks who put food on our table ? This is exclusively a South African phenomenon.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-15 12:21

    Now this will get world-wide attention.......

  • Nathan - 2012-08-15 12:51

    Whatever!.. ANC government will do squat until the money starts actually drying up.. so its just rhetoric from the US farmer who is really of no consequence to the ANC anyway... who cares about a few farm attacks on some whiteys.. they are a thorn in the side of the ANC anyway..

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-15 14:07

    If you go looking for trouble don't complain when you find it. We are known as the murder and rape capital of the world. You only come here for an adrenelin rush.

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