An extensive exercise of checks and balances has proven that many of the city’s nature reserves has excess livestock, which are not economical for the city to maintain.
As such, the city will auction over 300 livestock on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at Bokkie Park in South Vale Street, Parkdene, Boksburg. The viewing time is from 9am to 10am.
City of Ekurhuleni spokesman Zweli Dlamini said the City keeps animals in line with its Keeping Livestock policy approved by Council in 2009. The livestock improvement programme was introduced to breed stud quality, healthy animals for educational purposes in well maintained facilities.
“The majority of suburban residents do not have the means or opportunity to visit a farm or a nature reserve. One of the many roles of the City is to provide residents with safe open spaces, and to link it to some form of education. Maintaining these spaces costs money and the City has to find ways of subsidising the maintenance costs of these facilities. Forms of income include entrance fees, renting out of lapas, hosting open air events as well as breeding and selling of livestock,” said Dlamini.
He said these animals are sold to professional registered farmers and that the City does not breed animals destined for the butcher market.
“Early this week, the City announced scheduled auction for some of the animals it keeps, to which residents raised some concerns. The City appreciates the concerns raised but it must be noted that the auction is not due to the City not being able to take care of these animals.
“The City did consider donating the livestock to other animal sanctuaries but most sanctuaries are under tremendous financial constraints.”
Dlamini added that the animals are not sold due to any inability to take care of them.
“It is as a result of successful breeding.”
Bidders are urged to register on their website – www.spokesauctioneers.co.za – as only registered bidders will be permitted to enter the auction yard on auction day.
The following livestock will be auctioning:
- 20 sheep
- 35 goats
- 70 pigs
- 6 ostriches
- 150 geese
- 20 chicken