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Hino South Africa’s demo Hino 700, 2848 cm high roof truck tractor has just finished four months of service pulling a link trailer that carried fooder to the many drought-stricken farmers based in the Northern Cape. While some areas of South Africa have been fortunate with rainfall the Northern Cape has seen non. In fact, it is considered that certain areas of the Northern Cape are now in their ninth straight year of drought. This creates an urgent need for animal feed.

A relief program has been set up to assist struggling farmers by Dominee Deon van der Berg of Beginet and Nick Vlok, owner of Shammah Game Lodge in the North West. With support from SA City Link and Gareth Middleditch from Hino East Rand, a trailer and truck were arranged along with fuel for four return trips to bring urgently needed feed to the Northern Cape.

Dominee Van der Berg confirmed that during the project, they managed to gather R1.5 million worth of donations for farmers in need. These funds and resources were distributed to over 100 farms many of which without assistance would no longer be able to function.
“We are very pleased that Hino South Africa was able to play a cardinal role in the delivery of many loads of fodder to a host of destinations, initially centered around Vanwyksvlei, Bushmanland, and Calvinia,” commented Pieter Klerck, the General Manager of Hino SA.
“We are proud that our Hino truck-tractor proved 100% reliable and economical as it carried loads of fodder weighing up to 35 tons. The combination undertook more than 20 return trips to the drought-stricken areas and covered almost 40 000 km. In fact, the new Hino truck tractor demonstrator had only 600 km on the odometer– the delivery distance from the factory in Durban – when it started its lifesaving journeys and there was 38 949 km on the odometer when it was handed back to Hino South Africa at its head office in Sandton recently.
“Hino has been operating in South Africa since 1972 and these reliable trucks, backed up by an extensive aftermarket service network, have built up a strong following in the local agricultural community in conjunction with our parent company, Toyota South Africa Motors,” concluded Klerck.

“Our involvement with these far-flung farming communities showed up another big need in the form of a lack of money for children’s school fees for 2021 and Beginet is already on a fund-raising drive to assist these families financially,” added Dominee Van der Berg.
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