E Cape govt feeds Mandela's dying cattle - report

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape government fed starving cattle at former president Nelson Mandela's homestead in Qunu, the Sunday Times reported.

The department of rural development employed veterinarians and provided food to save a herd of 96 cattle that were in danger of dying of starvation.

The department vaccinated, dehorned and castrated some of the cattle, to keep the herd at manageable numbers.

Farm manager Siyakudumisa Gabada was quoted as saying the situation on the farm was extremely difficult and worrying as there was not enough grass for them to graze.

"The cattle have become thin and are in a terrible state," Gabada told the paper.

Chief Mandla Mandela reportedly acknowledged the farm's situation and said his family was looking into possible solutions.

"Around this time of year as a community we lose a lot of cattle and sheep due to drought... There are also challenges like the management of over-grazing on the farm," Mandela was quoted as saying.

Rural development MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane told the paper he was concerned that the department had to return to the farm.

According to the weekly, late former president Nelson Mandela stated in his will that the farming operations in Qunu should continue.

Mandela died on 5 December 2013 in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Candy Tatum M 2014-08-03 04:25:43 PM
Daniel Mavhungu 2014-08-03 04:26:10 PM
Is Mandla failing really?
hentie.norval 2014-08-03 04:30:16 PM
This farming thing is easy peasy!!
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-03 04:31:42 PM
Sharon Miller 2014-08-03 04:35:32 PM
Who must pay for the food of the animals on private property? Is it not the owners of the property?
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-03 04:35:48 PM
Come on - they're NOT Nelson Mandela's cattle anymore! Someone in the family is surely responsible.
Sifiso Sfiman Sizani 2014-08-03 04:35:50 PM
The name of tata must please be protected. I ask mama Graca Machel to intervene please. Corrupt people will capitalise with this situation and channel state resources to this private farm only to tarnish tata ' s good name. This is is not a state farm, the family must act immediately and protect the Mandela name. The state must please back off.
Martin Sharky Sember 2014-08-03 04:38:34 PM
“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ? Immanuel Kant Its no wonder we have such poverty here.
Mvuyisi Mhlauli 2014-08-03 04:40:20 PM
Our cows need to be fed too in Eastern Cape. We don't have feed as we don't work but Mandla get 2 salaries as a Chief and a member of parliament. Sometime I wish I was a Mandela or a Zuma
Lucky Packet 2014-08-03 04:42:54 PM
why don't Africans grow their own feed for times of drought REALLY NOW Africans should start learning from other races whether its likable or not