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Farmer dies in freak accident


“He was the rock of the family and was never one to sit still or be idle”

ACCIDENT: Herman Galama was crushed under a conveyor belt while he was getting it ready for a mining company on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A WELL-known Jacobsdal farmer, Herman Galama, 63, died on Sunday in a freak accident when he was crushed by a conveyor belt machine on his farm Restrevor.

Galama’s body was discovered on Sunday afternoon by his son after he heard the machine running and went closer to investigate.

According to the family, Galama was busy fixing the conveyor belt when the machine fell on him after a forklift, which was being used to hold the machine up, apparently shifted.

He was declared dead on the scene.

Despite his age, the family said yesterday that Galama was strong and continued to keep himself busy by working on his machinery, even on weekends.

“He was the rock of the family and was never one to sit still or be idle,” his daughter, Monique, said yesterday.

“Every day he had new plans. He instilled an ethic of hard work and humility in each of his children.

“That which we learnt from him cannot be described in words. Our hearts are broken but we will build up the legacy he leaves behind and we will always be grateful for his life.”

Galama is survived by his wife, Louwdia, 55, and his three children, Maryke, Monique and Herman Jnr.