Tunatazama - Community Monitors

Grazing land the greatest problem

Community Alerts/Rapule Moiloa/Diepkllof-Soweto/12/07/18

(I took these pics on the 10th of July 2018 from Mahikeng in the Northwest in Ventersdorp)

If the government departments like the department of environmental, planning and monitoring, agriculture land were supporting the local farmers in Soweto and other places were communities are affected by mines by finding a good place for livestock to graze.

I felt troubled knowing that where I stay there are mine dumps and streams, and that there is no place or land for local farmers livestock to graze with clean water instead there is water with chemicals from mines and polluted grass with chemicals from mine dumps. These pains me because the very same departments don’t do their work and the SPCA also doesn’t do its work as it deals with animal rights.

If there was enough land for livestock in around Soweto and no mines Soweto would be the most richest place with livestock. And although its winter the grass changes the colour but farmers in other provinces make a way for their livestock to remain healthy but in places like Diepkloof, Noorgesig, Orlando, Mzimhlophe, Meadowlands and Snake Park it’s a problem because of mines and because local farmers keep their livestock along mine dumps and that is problem number 1 and number 2 is no clean water. These is a problem because these cattle, sheep, goats, pigs etc end up being sold without being medicaly  checked and it’s a problem hence sometimes I hear people say they have a running stomach or are sick. By Rapule Moiloa