Johann Rupert pays record R40?million for buffalo bull

2013-09-20 00:00

SOUTH African businessman Johann Rupert paid a new record amount for a buffalo when he bought a bull from the Thaba Tholo game farm in Limpopo for R40 million on Wednesday.

Called Mystery, the big bull has a horn span of about 1,36 metres, which is the widest span yet sold in South Africa.

“It was a fantastic privilege to use him for breeding,” said marketing manager of Thaba Tholo Andrien White.

He said the bull had been with their buffalo cows on the farm and they would not have sold it if the bull had not already “done good work”.

The bull had 30 000 hectares of space on the farm and was first spotted from a helicopter in 2010. No one knew where the massive bull came from, hence the name Mystery. He has a white mark on his lip, which makes him more unique.

The record price that was paid for Mystery proves the buffalo market is very healthy, said White.

The previous record was R26 million, paid last year for a bull named Horison, which was bred by Jacques Malan, a game farmer from Bela-Bela.

On the same auction, a young Zambezi sable bull was sold for R2,1 million; a Matetsi sable for R520 000; a nyala bull for R205 000; a tsessebe bull for R29 000; steenbok went for R10 500 each; duiker for R8 500 each; an impala fetched R24 000; a normal oryx cow, which is carrying a golden oryx, sold for R75 000; and a pregnant buffalo cow and her calf sold for R4 million.

Johann Vosser, managing director of Vleissentraal Bosveld, who hosted the auction at Thaba Tholo game farm, said 288 head of game went under the hammer with the bids totalling R233 million.

Sister paper Volksblad has since learned that Mystery’s new home will be in the Eastern Cape.

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