February 25, 2015. BARREN: Paul van der Walt looks at his failed mielies on his farm Lusthof near Lichtenburg in the NORTH WEST PROVINCE. These mielies should be green and stand nearly two metres tall. Depsite his dire financial situation he remains positive. South Africa's maize farmers are in serious trouble due to a severe drought that has destroyed the majority of their crops. Drought Crisis. Pic: JAMES OATWAY. © Sunday Times.