Ashburton residents angered by ‘illegal’ feedlot

2011-12-06 00:00

ASHBURTON residents are up in arms over a feedlot that they say is operating illegally in the area.

The feedlot has over 40 cattle and is within the residential area.

At least two resident have written to the Msunduzi Municipality complaining about the feedlot.

They claim that it is illegal and has exceeded the number of animals that can be kept in that area.

Justin Smith, whose house is directly opposit, said he noticed last year that the piece of land was slowly turning into a feedlot as more and more cows were being brought there.

He said lately the situation has became unbearable.

“Last year when this started it was bad, but this year is worse.

“With the growing number of cattle there have been serious hygiene problems such as the stench and the flies that come from there.”

He said the situation has become so bad he is thinking of moving away.

“We can longer use the back end of the house because of the smell.”

He said another problem is the environmental damage.

“If we have slight rain his entire land is eroded.

“This has filled up the gutter, which means all the mud and dung comes straight to my house.”

He said one of the animals was electrocuted by the electric fence.

Another neighbour said in a letter to the municipality that a feedlot is unacceptable in a residential area.

“As a resident I periodically experience an outbreak of flies and a pervasive stench of dung during the wet periods.”

He said his property has devalued because of the feedlot, which he described as an eyesore.

In an exchange of e-mails between the residents and Aavi Jadoo, an official with the Msunduzi Municipality environmental health division, the municipality has said it is dealing with the problem.

Jadoo declined to comment and Brian Zuma, spokesperson for the municipality, said he could only address the matter today.

Johan Keyser, the owner of the feedlot, said he is aware that he has contravened the bylaws and that the situation will be resolved in the next four months.

He said he is not to blame for the other problems.

“The Ashburton area has flies because it is hot.

“The gutters were filled by the recent heavy storms we experienced,” said Keyser.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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