SOUTHERN DISTRICT COUNCIL, CHAIRMAN SAYS CATTLE IN KANYE ARE UNDER SIEGE FROM CATARRHAL FEVER
Southern District Council, Chairman, Thamiso Chabalala says pastoral segment of farming his district has been under threat due to an outbreak of a respiratory disease known as Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF).
Chabalala told a Full Council meeting in Kanye that the viral disease' main carrier is wildebeest which is why it gets transmitted to cattle and other hooved animals.
He said since the beginning of this year, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks received high numbers of reports on mortality of cattle due to this disease. Chabalala told the Full Council meeting that in the past the occurrence of this disease was relatively low but the current surge is worrisome as a total of 119 cattle belonging to 12 farmers were reported to have died due it. He told councillors that the Department of Wildlife and National Parks has already consulted affected farmers to determine the extent of the disease and later made a decision to remove wildebeest from the area. The capture exercise started in May this year in affected area such as Jwaneng ranches, Gasita, Sekhutlane and Lorolwane communal areas. A total of 1308 wildebeests were captured, translocated to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Khutse Game Reserve.