10 24 February 2012 Agriculture
By Peter Muthambi
Rabies confirmed in Limpopo Residents wait for IDs, while Two cases of rabies in cattle have the disease has not spread, and to been confirmed on different farms take the necessary precautionary and in the Gillemburg area on the preventative measures. Cattle owners Home Affairs fail to pay rent border of the Mogalakwena (Waterberg District) and Aganang (Capricorn District) municipalities. The samples were tested at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute. According to a release by the provincial Department of Agriculture, in both incidents there were human contact with the carcases as they were handled by the farm manager and workers. Three people are currently receiving treatment against rabies at Polokwane and Phafola clinic. Following the confirmation of the cases, an intensive investigation by officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Social Development ensued, and susceptible livestock in the area were vaccinated by officials and owners. Vaccinations are still being carried out in the affected areas. It is stated that forward and backward tracing is also being conducted to check if
in the Gillemburg area are advised to vaccinate the cattle with rabies vaccine immediately. Dogs and cats will also be vaccinated. Cases in dogs were also noted in Lepelle-Nkumpi and Aganang and vaccinations are continuing. Rabies is a viral disease, which is transmitted from animals to humans/ animals through biting by an infected animal. The development of rabies in humans can be prevented if correct post-exposure treatment, including vaccination, is administered timeously and correctly. Once humans/ animals start showing symptoms of rabies, there is no treatment and the disease leads to death. The public is strongly urged to get their animals vaccinated and to report animals with behavioural changes – domestic animals getting aggressive and wild animals getting tame - to their nearest state veterinary office.
By Mashudu Netsianda
Armed robbery case withdrawn The Beit Bridge Rural District Council treasurer, Tsepani Dube, and two clerks working in the local authority’s finance department, who were being accused of conniving with three armed suspects to rob the local authority of US$ 200 000 last year, had their charges withdrawn after entering a plea when they appeared in court on Friday last week. Dube (33), Memory Moyo (25) and Nthuseni Mulagisi (37) appeared before regional magistrate Mr Joseph Mabeza on charges of armed robbery. The charges were, however, withdrawn when the state failed to secure enough evidence linking the three to the offence. Allegations against the three council employees were that they had connived with the suspects,
who are still at large, during which they had allegedly supplied them with information that a huge amount of money was being kept in the local authority’s strong room. The court heard that on 30 August, at around 03:00, the suspects, acting on that information, armed themselves with a pistol and went to the Beit Bridge Rural District Council’s offices. On arrival, the armed robbers allegedly approached the security guard manning the premises and assaulted him before they blindfolded and handcuffed him. Soon after that, the three men broke into the strongroom, where they opened the safe with grinders and left with US$200 000. The state also alleged that Dube’s car was spotted at the scene of the incident. A report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of the three council employees. TRUCKSPARES
In yet another controversy involving the Department of Home Affairs, community members in the Elim area continue to wait for their identity documents while the department struggles to pay the landlord. The landlord was forced to close the Home Affairs offices after the department had failed to pay rent at the Ramavhanda Complex. This has impacted negatively on residents who had applied for their IDs and passports. The landlord has locked the offices full of people’s IDs and passports. The offices have not been functional since August last year, while people continue waiting in vain. The landlord, who is also a local businessman and medical doctor, Dr Andy Ramavhanda, confirmed last Thursday that the department owes him R150 000 for rent. “I was forced to lock the offices since the department was unable to pay the rent,” he said. Ramavhanda said that he had to move a shop that was operating in his building after the department had approached him to rent office space. “I even divided the offices and also donated an information board that has been placed at a strategic place for direction, at my expense,” he added. A concerned parent, Ms Thandi Shikuele, said that her daughter Khanyisa had applied for an ID in September last year. She said when she contacted the department’s head office in Pretoria, they told her that her daughter’s ID had been issued a long time ago and that she could not apply for another one. “It is obvious that the ID is locked inside the Elim offices, because officials have confirmed that there are IDs and passports inside,” she said. She added: “My daughter also failed to go for a driver’s license test because she had no ID. This is very bad and it is really affecting her.” The angry Shikuele said that her daughter had also lost her bank card and when she contacted her bank, she was told to produce an ID. Many people could not go to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe last December, where the Zion Christian Church had opened a branch, as a result of the fact that their passports were locked inside the Elim Home Affairs office. Provincial spokesperson for the department Mr Sam Moremi said he was aware of the matter, but he could not comment in this regard. He referred our reporter to
the provincial manager, Ms Flora Motsitsi, who was not available for comment. Her phone kept on ringing without response. Ramavhanda, however, said he could not comment further as the matter was being handled by his lawyers. Home Affairs officials have started gathering at the Elim Hospital. Mr Avhatakali Marole, the hospital’s liaison officer, confirmed that the department was operating from one of the offices in the hospital. “We have only allowed the department to issue birth and death certificates from the hospital,” he said.
Residents continue to wait for their IDs that are inside the Home Affairs office in Elim. The office had been locked by the landlord, following the department´s failure to pay rent.
An angry parent, Ms Thandi Shikuele, says she is still waiting for daughter´s ID.
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