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NSPCA “frustrated with the lack of progress” in animal cruelty cases against SANDF

Agriculture The South African

The NSPCA is frustrated with the lack of progress in the two cases against SANDF for gross negligence and deliberate brutality of the horses in their care.
'Criminal charges were laid against the SANDF’s Army Special Infantry Capability unit (SAASIC) by the NSPCA back in May; for the deliberate brutality to horses dating back to January 2019. Progress stalled on both cases, despite members of the NSPCA following up with the SANDF on a regular basis. The NSPCA said on Facebook: “The case of starvation was opened over a year ago, and the deliberate brutality was opened seven months ago and we are no closer to justice.” The NSPCA also said in a press release that misinformation relating to these dockets was given by the SAPS. It stated that both dockets had been delivered to court. It was later established that this was not the case. Missing dockets and stalled investigations In addition, NSPCA said they failed to get hold of two detectives of the South African Police Service – DT Smous and WB Tyukatha. Even after a senior inspector travelled to Potchefstroom in person to follow up regarding the charges against the SANDF. The Senior Inspector was informed that both dockets were missing. Detectives investigating the case claimed that they could not obtain statements as they “were met with scornful refusal and hindrance.” “The Officer Commanding of the SAASIC Unit allegedly told police that neither he nor any SAASIC members would provide statements.” Both cases have received a lot of publicity and outraged the country. It was reported back in March that more than 30 horses had to be put down over ill-treatment at the SANDF and SAASIC’s Potchefstroom base. An NSPCA officer also applied for the records and outcome of the inquiries held against SANDF and SAASIC members for the abuse and neglect of the horses in both cases. What happened at the SANDF’s Potchefstroom base? At the time, Meg Wilson confirmed that the horses were starving and “had to eat their own faeces”. Twenty-five horses had to be euthanised. Charges were laid against the SANDF “in terms of the Animals Protection Act. She added: “The NSPCA has since been back twice to monitor the situation as a large number of horses have been infected with the sickness, equine piroplasmosis, a tick-borne disease, and equine encephalosis virus.” The SANDF then made the decision to move the remaining horses to Rooiwal in the City of Tshwane. According to the NSPCA, this would not have been in the best interest of the horses. Wilson explained: “Concerns included the high density of disease in the area, the lack of appropriate facilities to treat wild horses, and the fact that the property is located a far distance away from the Military Veterinary Institute’s hospital.” Nevertheless, the SANDF moved 60 horses, and about 13 died or have been euthanised since then. Some horses had broken legs while others died of unknown causes. Also read – What the law says: Why SANDF’s arrival in the Cape Flats has been delayed'

DCE Distributes 50,000 Palm Seedlings To Farmers

Agriculture DailyGuide Network

'District Chief Executive for the Akyemansa district, Paul Asamoah, has distributed about 50,000 oil palm seedlings to farmers in the district in fulfillment of government flagship program, Planting for Export and Rural Development.This is the first phase of the program in the district.The ceremony occurred at Brenase, one of the sites for the nursery.Over 600 farmers drawn from various communities within the district benefitted from the distribution.Speaking to the media Mr.Asamoah said that,”The government will do everything in its power to support farmers to make Ghana the hub for food in Africa.” He stated that this will go a long way to “help Ghana achieve the Ghana beyond aid agenda our president HE Nana Addo Dankwa pursuing”. Mr.Asamoah advised the farmers to make very good use of the plants to help them put money in their pockets and also help to feed the people in the country.BY DGN Online . The post DCE Distributes 50,000 Palm Seedlings To Farmers appeared first on DailyGuide Network .'

Farm workers and farm dwellers protest to demand rural reforms

Agriculture The South African

The call for rural reforms comes off the back of the feeling that 'the black poor majority on farms are feeling the rot of this system'.
'By  Joseph Chirume for GroundUp A group of farm dwellers and workers protested in Port Elizabeth on Friday, demanding an end to farm evictions and other abuses against them. The protesters said government must speed up rural development and agrarian transformation. Rural reforms petition Led by Makukhanye Rural Social Movement, Inyanda National Land Movement and Rural Women’s Assembly, they marched from Cuyler Street to Vuyisile Mini Square. A petition was handed to officials of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. “We are also demanding urgent action and investigation into violations of farm worker rights, specifically in the localities of Langboss, Westbank and Thornhill,” said Phumla Runeli, chairperson of the Makukhanye Women’s Forum. “From poor infrastructure to poor service delivery and a failing land reform policy, the black poor majority living and working on farms are feeling the rot of this system,” she said. Workers being treated poorly She said many women were denied maternity leave and their salaries were very low compared to male workers. Runeli said children were not allowed to stay with their parents on farms during school holidays. Some farmers have desecrated the graves of workers’ and will not allow relatives to visit the graves, she said. “Our members conduct farm visits and receive reports from particularly women who live and work on farms about their conditions and struggles,” Runeli explained. Sizeka Moni, also of Makukhanye, said: “In Langboss, residents are without electricity … In West Bank farm workers are not even given protective clothing, while there was no proper ablution facilities at Parkers Kamp, Thornhill.” The organisations also want women living on farms to be allowed to keep and raise livestock and women working as domestic workers on farms should get paid at least the minimum wage, together with other benefits. The petition demanded an end to farm evictions and the cutting off of the electricity supply to farm workers’ homes. Open monitoring and renumeration The petition also stressed the need for fairness and openness in monitoring remuneration in farm equity schemes and greater financial disclosure to farm beneficiaries. Among the protesters were Zwelonthando Moni and his wife Sizeka, who were born on a safari farm outside Uitenhage. They said they are part of a share equity scheme, but Sizeka said: “It is very painful that for the past 13 years we haven’t got any benefits yet there are many trophy hunts happening at the farm.” The protesters want satellite offices to be established by the department. Nomfundo Mbewana of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform requested a month to respond to the petition. “Some of the issues you are demanding need the Department of Labour and the local municipalities so we will have to engage with them,” she said. “We will be issuing a toll free number that people should call when being evicted,” said Mbewana.'

‘No Compensation For Farms Destroyed By Elephants’

Agriculture DailyGuide Network

'As the raining season continues and the forest reserves in the Upper East Region get greener, elephants from neighbouring in Burkina-Faso have started migrating through the Eastern Wildlife Corridor in the Region towards Togo, in search for food.This is an annual occurrence and as these elephants move along the Nabdam-Talensi-Bawku West corridor, they destroy farms in the forest reserves, which results in misunderstandings between farmers and Wildlife officials who follow these elephants to protect them from harm.The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission has warned farmers to desist from farming in the forest reserves.According to the Upper East Regional Manager of Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, John Naada, there was no law on compensation for farmers whose farms are destroyed by wild animals including elephants passing through the forest reserves and therefore farmers farming in the reserves, despite the warning, do so at their own risk.For years farmers whose farms have been destroyed by elephants have had serious misunderstandings with officials and many of them have demanded for compensation from government.FROM: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgtanga . The post ‘No Compensation For Farms Destroyed By Elephants’ appeared first on DailyGuide Network .'