Relocation of livestock irks authority

The Swartbooi Traditional Authority has intervened on several occasions after receiving complaints.

12 February 2020 | Local News

It is a headache for all of us. - Otto Charles |Uirab, Senior councillor: Swartbooi Traditional Authority

The Swartbooi Traditional Authority (STA) has expressed concern over the uncontrolled temporary relocation of livestock from one farm to another in pursuit of better grazing in its jurisdiction over the past two years.

The senior traditional councillor, Otto Charles |Uirab, told Nampa several complaints were raised with their office about farmers relocating livestock without the consent of communal farmers and the STA. “Most of the farms have been hit hard by the drought, but that does not mean that any person without permission can take their livestock for grazing to a farm that already has livestock. We understand that they want their livestock to have better grazing, but some procedures need to be followed,” he said.



Keeping record

|Uirab added that farmers that need to relocate their livestock must first approach the farmers of the specific farm they want to temporarily relocate their livestock to. After receiving the green light, they must approach the traditional authority office at Fransfontein for approval and record-keeping.

The practice of relocating livestock is common as some farms in the areas of the STA receive limited or no rain. Some farmers then move their livestock from one farm to another after the livestock consumed all grazing. “We are aware of the farmers that take chances by relocating their livestock as they want. It is not fair that they are doing this. Our office will constantly be monitoring these farmers. It is a headache for all of us,” |Uirab said.

He added that letters must be written by farmers that want to relocate their livestock, as the traditional authority has to keep a record of the relocation of livestock for grazing purposes. The authority intervened on several occasions, whereby livestock had to be taken back to their original farms as they were relocated without the consent of the traditional authority.

About 41 communal farming areas are registered under the jurisdiction of STA. - Nampa

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