FARMERS IN SOUTH AFRICA’S NORTH WEST PROVINCE LOSE ANIMALS TO DROUGHT

Emerging livestock farmers in South Africa's North West Province are continuing to lose their animals to the drought in the province.

Several dams in the region, including Molatedi Dam outside Rustenburg, which supplies both residents in South Africa and Botswana, have seen a drop in water levels.

At its full capacity, Molatedi Dam supplies water to the Botswana capital, Gaborone. Now the dam is at a mere 4.0 per cent of its normal level.

It is the only water source for both animals and villagers of Molatedi. Mothibedi Rakobedi, a local farmer, says: “The life is tough here, our cattle are dying in the dam mud, because they are in bad condition; they cannot move out after drinking water.

“We are patrolling everyday along the dam, to see whether our cattle are stuck in the mud,” says another farmer, James Monye.

The community's only hope now is the government's drought relief programmes.

Molatedi villagers are entirely dependent on their livestock for their livelihood and survival.

SOURCE: SABC

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