A call has gone out for farmers and residents to gather to pray for rain on February 8 at the Settlers Monument in Grahamstown (Makhanda).
One of the organisers, Leon Coetzee, said farmers were at the coalface of the drought in the Eastern Cape. “The situation is critical,” he said.
“The initiative for this prayer started in the farming community who felt it would be good to hold it in Grahamstown because the situation there is even more dire than Ndlambe,” Coetzee said.
“We’re trying to reach farmers in an 80km radius from Grahamstown and contacted nine farmers association in the region. They’re sending out messages to all farmers.”
Organisers approached the Monument and the main auditorium has been provided free of charge.
A senior pastor from Bhisho, Mangaliso Matshobane, will direct the prayer service. Several local pastors will also officiate during proceedings, Coetzee said.
“This will be across all denominational and racial divides.”
Farmers have been requested to bring some of their staff to the prayer for rain service, which is set for 2.30 for 3pm.