Free State Agriculture (FSA) mourns the death of Jacobus Stroebel, its former vice president who died in a car accident on the N6 near Bloemfontein on Monday. He was traveling with his daughter, Marelize, and his mother, Miempie, who also succumbed to his injuries.
“Jacobus will be remembered with compassion for his keen sense of humor, principled decisions and absolute commitment to the agricultural sector and his family,” says Francois Wilken, President of the FSA.
According to Wilken, Stroebel’s contribution to FSA is unmatched. Initially, he began working as a legal advisor for the organization in 2013. Four years later, he began farming full-time in the Rouxville district and later became part of the FSA management team.
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In September of this year, Stroebel was elected vice president of the FSA. However, just four months later, when presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to farm in Canada, Stroebel resigned. He was due to move in with his family in January 2022.
“His enthusiasm and the zeal with which he undertook a task was also an outstanding trait. Although he was still relatively young, he played a leadership role in managing the FSA office, where his legacy will continue for a long time. “
Meanwhile, many members of the farming community expressed their shock over Stroebel’s death on social media. Alani Janeke, a Landbouweekblad journalist, says he hopes Stroebel will be “a mayor in heaven.”
“So you no longer have to negotiate with Cogta about municipal appraisals and how municipalities should understand it for farms. You can have everything implemented from the beginning, “he adds.
Stroebel’s death comes days after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula warned of a large increase in traffic accidents, with multiple deaths since the start of the holiday season. He said: “One death on the road is too much. We are concerned about the large number of major accidents in which five or more people are killed in a single incident. “
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