22 August 2022

The MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform, Mme Mase Manopole, has called on the public to report people who are moving live cattle in and around the Province, to the Police or the State Vet Unit.

This comes after the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms. Thoko Didiza imposed a ban on live cattle movement, as promulgated on 18 August 2022, with Gazette No. 46741.

The ban on the movement of cattle, is to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus through movement of live cattle between different properties. The Northern Cape Province has not reported any cases of FMD to date.

"We call on the members of the public to assist us by reporting those they suspect to be moving live cattle in and around their establishments. Anyone who suspects or becomes aware of the movements of live cattle, are required by law, to inform the Police Stock Theft unit or our State Veterinary Unit. Furthermore, the cooperation from the industry and all stakeholders in the Province is of utmost importance." said MEC Manopole.

 The transport ban comes after the FMD has been found in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and the Free State.

The ban is limited only to live cattle movements, since the movement of cattle is the main driver of the current outbreak.

Any suspicious clinical cases of FMD or illegal cattle movements should be reported to the nearest State Veterinary Office on 083 291 9974 or Stock Theft Unit on 10111.


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