Scourge of South Africa’s drought evident
KayaFm News paid a visit to the Vaal dam in Sedibeng where the real scourge of South Africa’s drought is becoming bewilderingly evident.
Today @SA_Heroes tweeted that in the Kruger National Park, rangers are reported to be killing about 350 hippos and buffalos in an attempt to relieve impact on other wildlife.
Kruger National Park rangers are killing about 350 hippos & buffalos in attempt to relieve impact on other wild life due to severe drought 😢
— South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) September 14, 2016
The national parks service says the numbers of hippos and buffaloes in Kruger national park, about 8,000 and 47,000 respectively, are at their highest-ever levels.
Isaac Phaahla, a spokesperson for South African National Parks told The Guardian that one motive for the killing was to stop the animals suffering.
“We do not call it a cull. We call it an offtake. It’s a management tool and we want to understand what impact it will have. Our aim is to have sustainable usage [of resources] and populations,” Phaahla said.
This week AgriSA called for emergency assistance from Government, either as State guarantees or direct assistance through other structures.
The Agricultural Industry Association’s CEO Omri van Zyl said, “A drought is not just a one-year event and cash flow and production credit issues will be with us for the next two to three years.”
The entity noted tremendous concern for the agricultural industry’s viability going forward. It said the industry has received no assistance from Government.
“We represent a major tax base as the farming sector and as citizens of South Africa, taxpayers, and contributors to the economy; it’s a shame that the commercial and emerging farming sectors have not received any assistance from Government,” Agri SA president Johannes Moller said.
“South African Airways has been sustained by State guarantees of R14.4-billion with an additional R5-billion from Treasury that was just approved, while State-owned Eskom, with State guarantees amounting to R466-billion, has reached its ‘prudency’ limit in this regard.”
This week the inter- ministerial task team on drought also announced that little relief is anticipated in the coming months as little rainfall is expected.
No rain while the Vaal paints a bleak landscape