LIMPOPO BUFFALO MOVEMENTS RESOLVED

Published On: 19 May 2022By Categories: Latest News, News & Events

Buffalo movement restrictions resolved in Limpopo

Polokwane – On Thursday, 21 April 2022, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development sent out an internal letter to its Directors of Veterinary Services as well as all Veterinary Officials, alerting them to a temporary halt in all buffalo movement in the province. This was caused by a financial constraint because funds had not been allocated for the travel and subsistence of veterinary staff.

After the letter became public knowledge and came to WRSA’s attention, we immediately reached out to the Dr KM Mabunda, the Director of Veterinary Services in Limpopo, by phone call and followed up with a letter, in which we extended our support and offered assistance in resolving this urgent matter. Dr Mabunda assured us that the matter would be resolved by Monday, 25 April and we requested confirmation of this by 26 April 2022.

True to his undertaking, the department reported back on time with positive news that the restrictions that had been placed on the various veterinary services in the province that required traveling had been resolved. As of 26 April 2022, the department is, once again, operating at full capacity.

WRSA would like to encourage any member who in future becomes aware of such internal communications, to please contact our offices at 012 335 6994 or via email to admin@wrsa.co.za. This allows WRSA to fulfil its mandate to represent all game ranchers in matters of importance to them, while maintaining the nurtured spirit of cooperation and open communication between WRSA and various role players in the best interest of our members.

In furtherance of this spirit of cooperation and collaboration, WRSA has launched a research questionnaire to identify any issues or frustrations experienced by game ranchers with the movement of buffalo throughout the country. We kindly invite all interested parties to complete the short questionnaire to assist us in this effort:

https://form.jotform.com/wildliferanchingsouthafrica/buffalo-activities-form

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