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Hungry chickens start eating each other

2012-04-23 10:12

Mbombela - Around 3 000 broiler chickens that formed part of a government upliftment project near Piet Retief in Mpumalanga had to be euthanased by the SPCA after they were left to starve to death, according to a report on Monday.

Nazareth Appalsamy, the SPCA's farm unit inspector, said the desperate chickens had started cannibalising each other, and it was the "worst example of cannibalism and cruelty" he had seen in his career.

Appalsamy and three colleagues worked from Wednesday last week until Saturday to put the creatures out of their misery, Beeld newspaper reported.

The police had to be called in, because the project beneficiaries became violent when the SPCA started putting down the animals.

Lungisiswe Mkwanazi, ANC councillor of the Mkhondo local authority, said on Sunday that the Siyaphambili upliftment project had been initiated by the Mpumalanga department of agriculture.

Nhlanha Mavuso, the chairperson of the Siyaphambili project, said on Sunday that the project had been initiated for himself and eight other people.

Initially, Mavuso said, the government supplied the chickens and the food, and government and beneficiaries entered into an agreement with a local hospital to purchase the poultry.

The hospital bought chickens once, but did not place another order.

The owners of the chickens ran out of money, and they could not buy chicken feed, Mavuso said.

Comments
  • Herman - 2012-04-23 10:16

    Economic Freedom and land distribution without compensation.......yip, the card house will tumble as quickly as the snap of your fingers.....

      hayden.cajee - 2012-04-23 10:25

      Seems the ANC and Mavuso understand how to make people hungry, These guys cannot even look after chickens. Hahahahahah

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-23 10:38

      My Brother-in-Law, farming in Kenya, used chicken manure to generate gas, which drove a generator for lights and pump. The eggs shells were be used for fertiliser to grow vegetables. The feathers were used to make bedding. What it requires is INNOVATION - there is NO excuse for this disgrace.

      Donovan - 2012-04-23 10:41

      Chickens have rights too.

      Bokfan - 2012-04-23 10:44

      Economic freedom makes great sense as long as the tender documents state you will get R 100 per chicken. Anything less than that and you may as well sit in the shade and get drunk. Which is what this lot clearly are very good at.

      docjimmie - 2012-04-23 10:47

      it follows the same trend ....gross mismanagement and lack of knowledge. shows how competent govt is. will this madness ever change!

      Denis - 2012-04-23 10:56

      @ Xavier Maybe when the government gave them chicks and chicken feed...they forgot to also give them brains.

      Sedick - 2012-04-23 11:06

      Farming is actually hard work. Maybe nobody told them this.......

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-23 11:36

      @ Jessica - to get away from hungry chickens

      Jackie - 2012-04-23 11:36

      They probably were given the chicken feed and sold it! They cant think further that their noses! SOB!!!!

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-04-23 12:41

      You see, this is only the begining. These peope are just here to plunder and use up without thinking of the day of tomorrow. Just like a parasite! They use us (the tax payer) for what ever they want and we must just supply. Our goverment are the same! They have people in power that don't have the mental capasity to think or plan. Who will come to our (taxPayers) rescue? Who will get this goverment and parasites out of power?

      Johannvw13 - 2012-04-23 13:43

      this is a clear case of "you are what you eat"

      Shirley - 2012-04-23 15:57

      So typical! Want it all for free but cannot even manage the simple task of feeding the animals!Lazy,cruel,inhuman!

      Greg - 2012-04-24 08:05

      Astonishing, they couldn't feed the chickens so they keep them cooped up until they start eating each other...it never crossed their mind at any point to either give them away or let them free? How cruel some people are!!

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-04-24 09:18

      It's like those horses in the Transkei that are left to starve to death. White people do not behave like this..why is that....

      Alwyn van Tonder - 2014-08-05 20:11

      Maybe China should look at some of the latest findings on the current "good story to tell" that the ANC trash is trying to ram down our throats! I bet China would think twice about sponsoring that "ANC school"

  • Den - 2012-04-23 10:18

    bee farming, expect worse...

      craig.a.salter - 2012-04-24 09:26

      Should start letting them sell medicine

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 10:32

      Don't worry - cannibalism will soon become prevalent in the ANCYL when the tender money runs out. Juju's friends are going to have him for breakfast.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-04-23 10:19

    Disgusting human cruelty

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-23 11:22

      Everyone wants to help uplift SA. But we need programmes in place that educate people properly so that things like this don't happen. Without a well-managed, sustainable programme, this type of collapse is inevitable.

      Lorain - 2012-04-23 11:29

      @ CharlesDumbwin that's exactly why it's a stupid idea to just go on a rampage taking over farms, i always ask the people that support malema's views what exactly they would do with a farm if they received one tommorow and i always get the same answer "i dont know, i'll see'.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-04-24 09:20

      Charles you can't teach common sense. It's something that should come naturally.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-08-05 19:19

      Charles you cannot educate people who do not know the basics - its commen knowledge but it seems in this case just plain commen

  • briana.scott - 2012-04-23 10:21

    i am not surprised

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-23 10:22

    WTF, chicken cannibalism? it looks like everything the government touches nowadays is cursed.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 10:51

      No, almost everything the government give away for free turns to crap. You should see what these "beneficiaries" did to some of those "free farms".

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-23 11:08

      They bring out the worst in everything, including chicken

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-23 12:15

      Nope Siya...nothing is cursed at all...everything works perfectly well at the time of hand over...its just the individuals mentality, that will see their failure as 'cursed'....ie...people who cant think further than their a**e

  • Badger - 2012-04-23 10:23

    Now lets rush out with the land re-distribution and see how quickly they can fck that one up, shall we ????

      Lerato - 2012-04-23 12:14

      @Oom while I agree with you that this is mismanagement of the worst degree, but does one have to lie to prove a point? Saying that the land given to blacks in Transkei was the most fertile is an insult to people who live there, that’s the most horrible land one can get for farming. Common sense will tell you that there was no way highly fertile land could have fall in the hands of blacks under the old regime with all their repressive laws. It’s better to make rational comments here, no wonder people tend to be biased and using the race card, lets argue with facts not distorted info please!!!

      SaffaSeun - 2012-04-23 13:02

      Ag Lerato passop as jy wakker skrik dat jou koffie nie koud is nie! Jou onnosele blinde mens..

      Jacqui - 2012-04-23 13:38

      Lerato, But using indigneous languages here is just fine?. If Afrikaans is a farm language, yours belong in a Kraal. Grow up.

      Lerato - 2012-04-23 13:49

      At least I know where and when to use it. Thanks for the reminder, I am still growing.

      henk63 - 2012-04-23 18:20

      Lerato, I hear you. But be honest. The Transkei is far more fertile than say, the Karoo or Kalahari, where white farmers established farms and prospered. Give the Transkei to whites and you will be amazed at what they do there. I won't be long before black labour will flock there to share in the bounty, and not long after that they will claim the land back as their "ancestral birthplace".

      Juan - 2012-04-23 20:23

      @Joesmouth believe those workers all know how to farm better that the white farmers I can tell you, unfortunately those workers are not the ones that gets the farms, look what happened in Zim!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-24 06:57

      Hmmm - a farmer myself, my workers could never make a go of my farm without me. They have very little interest in learning, just want to do what they have to and go home. Lerato, there is a lot of fertile farm land in the previous homelands. It is not "utilised" by the inhabitants, that's a fact. The Transkei has some excellent agricultural land, but the people choose a life of subsistence over commercial agriculture. But ja, generally the Nats kept the good land for us - which seems to have been a good idea, at least we produce food for the country off it?

  • Thando - 2012-04-23 10:24

    If th hospital doesnt want yo chickns thn source ada customers........these project beneficiaries shud gt their change bck frm th service providers who wer teachn thm financial mangmnt.

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-04-23 10:28

      Please use correct English words. Keep your shorthand for your cellphone buddies.

      J-Man - 2012-04-23 10:31

      Please write like an adult or go talk like this on "ada" forums.

      Sharon - 2012-04-23 10:43

      @ Thando - Sourcing other customers takes EFFORT - the govt arranged with the hospital, spoonfeeding these "farmers". Farming does not only require looking after the animals, one has to have some business savvy as well, which these people obviously don't have. They were probably waiting for govt to find them another customer!

      Shannon - 2012-04-23 10:57

      @ Thando - I am battling to read what you are saying, but I think, if I am reading text speak properly - you deserve a "thumbs up". But guess most of your thumbs down is that people cant read what exacyly you are saying.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-23 11:07

      @Shannon,pray do tell "what exacyly you are saying. " :) Geez, it is Monday, and people are already at one another. And why should the "farmers" get 'their change bck frm th service providers who wer teachn thm financial mangmnt. ' If you stuff it up, it is your fault, not someone else's. It is called responsibility for your actions...

      Oom - 2012-04-23 11:21

      Don't understand children's language, can you please rephrase in adult English?

      Marion - 2012-04-23 11:50

      Stop nitpicking. It is obvious that what Thando said was: If the hospital doesn’t want your chickens, then source other customers. These project beneficiaries should get their change (money) back from the service providers who were teaching (taught) them financial management. He has a valid point. They don't have financial savvy. Or business savvy. Or compassion for animals.

      Thando - 2012-04-23 12:34

      I jst dnt hv th energy 2 stoep 2 yo level guys ths mondae morn.....but all i cn say....lets all gv Marion a bells!!

      Rob - 2012-04-23 13:40

      Marion..et al So the beneficiaries don't have the required business skills or whatever it takes to make the farm work...? So what exactly was the point of giving them something, was it to prove a point? Or was it just politically expedient crap?

      Marion - 2012-04-23 14:21

      @criticallyhonest - I don't know what you can call it but it is 100% certain that they never gave competent individuals these benefits. What is happening with all the graduates from our agricultural colleges? They would no doubt love this kind of opportunity.

      Schmee - 2012-04-23 14:34

      For goodness sake, not everyone in South Africa can write or speak perfect English. It just takes a little longer to understand what Thando is saying and I agree with what he is saying.

      Shirley - 2012-04-23 16:02

      They should of used their brains first and foremost and fed the chickens,then they should of either sold them or contacted some person with a brain to help so the chickens didnt suffer!

      blipsie - 2012-04-24 10:28

      Oh FFS. Seriously. What is everyone going on about business savvy nonsense and that they should have been taught this and that. Seriously get a grip. Even a 5 year old can figure out if you dont feed it, IT WILL DIE. Its also no damn problem selling chickens you can phone any big abatoir and they will even pick it up. This looks more like a situation where they supplied the hospital with crap chickens wanted a fortune for it. Realised farming isnt all that fabulous and then couldn't bothered. It's not about education, PULEEEEZ.

      Lucia - 2012-04-24 10:47

      Leave the player and tackle the ball... stick to the point. If you try hard enough you can read Thando's comment. It is not that difficult!!

  • Deon - 2012-04-23 10:27

    Don't count your chickens before they are sold.

      Donovan - 2012-04-23 10:42

      Not sure this lot could count, Deon.

      TSR01 - 2012-04-23 11:02

      Diet chickens: 75% Off (Total Weight) R.I.P. poor neglected chickens. No animals deserve to suffer like that. Bad government, bad Nhlanha Mavuso & colleagues, bad bad bad!

      Koos - 2012-04-23 11:39

      Chicken farming is not for the uninformed. 100 day old chickens R515.00 To feed 100: Starter crumbs: 50kg x 2 x R310 (1-21 days) Grower pellets: 50kg x 5 x R290 (22- 42 days) Finisher pellets: 50kg per day R275 Slaughter: R2.95 per chicken The cost is around R21.80 per chicken till slaughter. On a good batch you can have 4/100 deaths, on a bad batch it can be as high as 15/100. If you don't do it right chickens are the easiest way to go bankrupt.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 11:49

      Cannabalism is not only something that happens when chickens are hungry. Broiler Chickens are strange animals. When they see red on another chicken they will peck at it. The skin will tear and a drop of blood will form. That chicken will be eaten alive. It is usually only one or two that will start and within a couple minutes it will turn into a feeding frenzy. The only way to stop it is to wring the necks of the front runners.

      Marion - 2012-04-23 11:54

      @Koos - excellent comment.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-23 12:07

      Thanks Koos. You save me the time to explain the behavior of broiler chickens. Wonder if their beaks were trimmed. Why did they start selling some of them live to gain money to feed them when they realized that the hospital stop taking. It would have been better having a small stock than now having nothing. You can always increase the amount when securing new deals.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 12:24

      I have spend hours and hours just sitting amongst my broilers.(I didn't name them, difficult to eat Gawie :)) There is no alternative of learning through watching the behaviour of these animals. Could get them to 2.1-2.6 kg in 6 weeks by only feeding them during daytime and giving them Honeybush tea instead of water. 80% free range as no chickens in SA are 100% free range. All chickens that are hatched in hatcheries are innoculated against Newcastle by law.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-23 12:38

      Koos. When I worked for a well know Chicken company I think they slaughter at ave. 42 days. I now hear it is 38 days. Is it true? I remember we were calling those "culls" or something.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 13:03

      Daybreak, Rainbow and Early Bird slaughter on 36 days. The meat is not firm, it is soft with no texture. They(every one else) inject about 200ml of saline into the body to gain some weight. Once you go past the 36 days your profits go for a ball. The only reason they can sell it cheaply is because they have their own farms to produce the fertile eggs, hatcheries and then Meadows belongs to Daybreak (I think). Rainbow belongs to Afgri. Rossgrow have their own feed farms. It is nearly impossible for the small farmer to make a living with chickens now a days. 5 years ago you could raise your chickens for around R6.40 slaughtered. In one year the Starter went up by nearly R90/50kg. That made a lot of small chicken farmers close up shop. When we had the load shedding more went belly up. The high electricity prices did the rest. I had 30 x 250watt globes running 24 hours per day in winter. I stopped raising broilers in winter because of the cost. Then only did it from August till last slaughter in end May. That also allowed the pens to freshen up, very important.

      Mike - 2012-04-23 13:35

      If memory serves me correct, KFC SA requires 500 000 chickens a day, never mind chicken licken and nandos

      Marion - 2012-04-23 14:25

      @Koos - years ago a farmer told me that he made more selling his tomatoes on the side of the road than he did taking them to the market.

      Thando - 2012-04-23 16:19

      Excellent read Koos........

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-24 07:02

      Koos, the behaviour is due to the extremely stressed conditions broilers are farmed in. They are in crowded houses, it is totally unnatural, hence the behaviour is not normal chicken behaviour. The industrial farming of animals is a shame on the human race. (I think most of it was introduced by us whites, so we are not so holier than thou as we think we are) We treat other living creatures as commodities, nothing else - I wonder what God thinks of us?

      blipsie - 2012-04-24 10:32

      @ Koos sorry chum, speaking from many years of broiler rearing, they dont tend to cannabilism. Layers yes, broilers no. If you feed them correctly and they have the correct nutrients and are not stressed they wont hurt each other. In the 6 years I've been broiler farming, its not happened once.

  • Marion - 2012-04-23 10:27

    They are despicable for allowing this to happen. Handed everything on a platter and still f****d it up. They sold at least one lot of chickens to the hospital for which they were surely paid? Why didn't they also get other customers because everyone knows you don't put all your eggs in one basket.

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-04-23 10:41

      Business 101, you sell your stock and take the money, no need to use it for more stock. Wait for next handout.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 10:58

      Here I can confidently comment. The words “maintenance”, “project plan”, “future plan”, “future development”, “expansion” are widely used but does NOT feature strongly in the African culture. “Here and now” is more important to him then the future. Don’t believe me? Give a black man a pump with a minor fault. He can repair the pump and make water flow or he can strip the pump, melt down the copper and sell it as scrap. What do you think he will do? On top of that I can also state that one does not have “value” for something you get for free. In contrast if you worked for something and you build it up then you have “value” and when it gets take away and give away for free it is a sad day indeed.

  • Brett - 2012-04-23 10:28

    The NP spent billions on black upliftment projects while they were in power...didn't help then either.

      Lerato - 2012-04-23 13:37

      LOL where do you get your figures \billions\ are you talking about the amount of money spend on developing biological weapons to exterminate blacks

      Brett - 2012-04-23 16:28

      You need to try and unwash your washed brain and do a little research. You will be very surprised if you take the time. Oh and by the way, no blacks were ever exterminated in this country by the Nats. Not by biological weapons or any other means. A lot of blacks have been exterminated by other blacks though.

      Lerato - 2012-04-23 19:09

      I can see you missing your Nats; u better get used to it coz they are not coming back!

      henk63 - 2012-05-04 19:19

      Lerato, are you sure you want to take this position? Remember, what you post here is for all the world to see, not just your moronic siblings. Please refrain from making an ass out of yourself and your friends.

  • llmapuma - 2012-04-23 10:29

    wait... so their main buyer would have just been the one hospital????

      George - 2012-04-23 10:38

      I can imagine the hygenic state of the chickens, perhaps the best place to sell them to would be a hospital who could've saved the patients from food poisoning

      Mark - 2012-04-23 11:49

      Roll on NHI

  • George - 2012-04-23 10:30

    Isn't this typical, complete disregard for the suffering of animals and one again completely incompetent to manage a business sponsored by the government with free chickens and free food

      Louise-Roger - 2012-04-23 10:31

      Absolutely they're hopeless cases

  • Louise-Roger - 2012-04-23 10:30

    this is sick beyond belief, where do these people come from and where do they antcipate they will end up in life. Losers one and all.

  • Tanie - 2012-04-23 10:30

    I hope we are learning bros, sometimes favouritism and nepotism will do nothing but drag us backward and we will make ourselves the laughing stock.

      Kgolane - 2012-04-23 10:40

      Hey Bro , can u explain the favouratism and nepotism in relation to this story?

      TSR01 - 2012-04-23 11:12

      Kgolane, read the story again. Nhlanha Mavuso and his friends ran this project to benefit themselves, to give them financial support and enrich their lives. The government gave them chickens and feed and arranged a buyer, so Nhlanha Mavuso and his friends were "favored" over any other people (and Nhlanha Mavuso is not white), so this "support project" was likely either BEE, AA, or a corrupt tender (nepotism) because Nhlanha Mavuso might be related to the government official who authorized the project. If someone responsible had looked after the chickens, and made sure they survived (or sold the chickens if they were starving / dying), they could have told the government afterwards "you did not support us, so we sold the chickens, otherwise they would have all died", and then it was not a complete waste. Favoritism means in this case, that the people were given preference because of their situation(s) or relation(s), and that turns out to have been bad. All the poor chickens died. :( Now there is no food, no money, no government support... that is why it is favoritism and nepotism. Bad government, bad "free support" recipients, bad Nhlanha Mavuso for letting the chickens die, bad bad bad!

      Marion - 2012-04-23 12:21

      @Kgolane - I assist a guy with invoicing etc., for his existing business that he got financing for via ANC or something. Business is not doing well. Recently he indicated that he wants to try farming. I asked him where he would get a farm and how he would run it when he has no farming experience. He was not perturbed. It would happen. Need I emphasize that this man's confidence is due to his ANC connections?

  • Lunga - 2012-04-23 10:31

    SAVE THE CHICKENS!!! What would the world be like if this cruelty to chickens continued? Can you imagine a world without KFC... Oh dear, I get depressed just thinking about it. SAVE THE CHICKENS!!!

      helizna - 2012-04-23 12:32

      YUM Brands (owns KFC) already is in legal battles in the USA due to mistreatment of their chickens on their chicken farms.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-23 10:32

    Another BEE success story. Bless. Just gotta love ANC government policy.

      David - 2012-04-23 10:42

      Leave them to it and Africa will continue to starve.

  • J-Man - 2012-04-23 10:33

    Typical.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-04-23 10:40

    This is a total disgrace, I sincerely hope that the SPCA will lay charges of animal cruelty against these idiots! The exact same thing happened in Zim when the land was taken away from the farmers, the livestock died of starvation, and disease. Now they have nothing but baren land.

  • Jean - 2012-04-23 10:41

    If u cant afford to breed them, donate them to local peasants in Piet Retief, Paulpietersburg, Ermero, Volksrust, and other neighbouring towns, simple!!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-23 10:43

    Totally disgusting ......and people go without food and these people just starve the chickens.....why not just give them to a homeless shelter ?

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-23 10:43

    Shocking!

  • MSGRule - 2012-04-23 10:51

    "government upliftment project" - government entitlement project and completed the "deals" with the hospital. As with anything in South Africa the chickes were most probably double the price as per normal and the hospital signed for the first purchase there after decided to leave it. So the entitled owners just sat and waited for the "contracts" to appear. This cANCer goverment is dragging this country into the sewer.

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 10:52

    The hospital bought chickens once, but did not place another order. lol........How bad do chickens have to taste if a hospital turns them down after one purchase ! What a farce, but not unexpected.

  • Chris - 2012-04-23 10:55

    Shameful. I would personally be horribly embarrassed if this was the government I voted in. Is Africa cursed? Where is your pride people, aren't you embarrassed that Africa is the poster boy for mismanagement, corruption and waste in the world? You can't blame this on colonialism anymore, Africa was even better off in those days! Stand up and take control of your own futures ffs!

  • Derk - 2012-04-23 10:56

    that is fowl

  • Keba - 2012-04-23 11:00

    As a fiercely loyal South African, it's sad to admit that we are a officially a banana republic. Difference between this one and others around the world is that the people's will and determination is keeping us afloat. This story is another example of the leadership vacuum currently suffocating us. We need a hero.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 11:22

      Yes government is to blame for “how” it is doing things BUT government can’t carry 100% of the blame. These people got everything on a platter including a contract with a buyer. As a white I would love that opportunity but you want to take a guess what my chances are of getting the same deal from this government?

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-23 11:23

      @Keba, those are some very wise words! Yes, we do need a hero. A real leader.

      Thando - 2012-04-23 12:59

      Cn u plz plz plz tell me how Zuma wud hv saved the chickens??

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-04-23 13:39

      @thando.. By government not giving it to them in the first place!

  • leon.cornelius - 2012-04-23 11:02

    Oh, I'm sorry. So there is no alternative to selling the chickens to the hospital? How about selling to the local community, or to local shops? Nope, just have to sell to the hospital and stand there Deaf, Dumb, Mute on the fact that they can't think outside the box or that the chickens are eating each other... What a typical "House of Cards" scenario!

  • boltonbarry - 2012-04-23 11:05

    You want to tell me these people couldn't put together a simple business plan to sell the chickens to someone else ?

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-23 11:06

    Unbelievable... not even this one can get right - to feed chicken!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-23 11:11

    How surprising???? All they want is everything for free and then destroy. Africa at its best!!!!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-23 11:12

    guess someone forgot to tell the beneficiaries that economic freedom means you actually have to work for a living.

      Genet - 2012-04-23 11:51

      Actually Patrick, you've hit the nail on the head. You can give them chickens, feed, contracts, whatever, but it always is the work that is missisng. And that is the problem with Africa.

      Genet - 2012-04-23 11:53

      Sorry, its meant to be its the work that is missing.

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-04-23 11:13

    Very lame! People want Govt handouts and when they do have the facilities they throw them away. Thats why entrepreneurship is not a nice nice career. Those who succeed work their butts off to do so. The recipients of grants and etc throw it all away. Seen too many examples.

  • Vanessa - 2012-04-23 11:15

    Just another way we're showing the Universe what little respect we have for sentient beings.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-04-23 11:26

    These government projects are poorly administered, because of poor management

      Rob - 2012-04-23 11:40

      Thats what happens when incomptent idiots are given these top jobs, because they are the " right colour. "

  • Peter - 2012-04-23 11:26

    What a sad story! A careless waste of taxpayer's money. But the incompetent officials who caused the project to fail are still employed, and getting a salary every month.

  • Noelle - 2012-04-23 11:28

    Yes give them everything but if you don't teach them how are they meant to run a farm, hospital, office or country! Our govt is dumb and now even animals are suffering because of them! TEACH THE MAN TO FISH, don't just give him the rod!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-04-23 11:31

    waf is this the governmants dont even want to feed the chickens they gonna sel to us

  • hnievd - 2012-04-23 11:32

    Maybe they planted them too close together

      John - 2012-04-23 11:50

      Great "Chirp".

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-08-05 19:27

      Chase them into the road and let them play chicken

  • thato.mokhahlane - 2012-04-23 11:37

    @Xavier- Best comment by far, it shows that you are a true leader. you have commented with a solution. First I didn't know today I have learned someting thanks to you and the creativity of your brother in law.

  • Genesistt - 2012-04-23 11:38

    I remember reading about something similar like this happening a few years ago with starving cattle on an upliftment farm. And I'll say now what I said back then. How about teaching these people how to successfully farm before giving them these animals? It's like the ANC thinks it's easy to farm. It's not! You actually have to have a proper education in agriculture to be a successful farmer!

      Koos - 2012-04-23 11:50

      Not only in agriculture. Within government they created position simply for the sake of creating jobs. Now firstly you can’t just create jobs for the sake of creating jobs if there is no real need or market for it. Secondly someone has to pay so that a salary can be assigned to that job. Thirdly because these positions where merely created as “token” positions you are sitting with departments that use to have 3 positions but now house 10. Now here is the kicker, those extra positions where tokens and the few who carried that “department” are getting to retirement age now. Anyone want to guess what is happening now? Now it gets funny because the ANC doesn’t really know how to solve this And they can’t admit they made a mistake so they fall back on what they usually do with a problem, throw more resources at it and that usually means creating more positions since they “lack capacity” but it doesn’t really solve the problem. Now you know why we have bloated municipalities that can’t do anything. It is real funny actually.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-04-23 11:41

    :(

  • Derek - 2012-04-23 11:42

    perhaps the chickens voted ANC too.....

  • John - 2012-04-23 11:48

    But today is mos better than yesterday, is it not??

  • DJPotifar - 2012-04-23 11:48

    This is absolutely horrific and heartbreaking...

  • Ben - 2012-04-23 11:51

    ZOMBIES!

      Zing - 2012-04-23 13:57

      Zombie chickens!

  • Qinisile - 2012-04-23 11:56

    That is so sad :(.

  • Faizie - 2012-04-23 11:56

    Eish, this isnt Licken your Chicken

  • Lynley - 2012-04-23 11:59

    And these people want our experienced farmers land...........what a joke, nothing will then survive! Disgusting to let the poor chickens starve. Makes me sick!

  • Danie - 2012-04-23 12:03

    Its easy to start something in life, but to keep it up and be productive is not for everyone. You don't wake up one morning and think you ganna be a farmer and start to farm. These things you have to learn from a young age. Now these pyeople want to boer with chickens. Not everyone is born to be a farmer. Those poor chicks just had to do what they needed to to to survive. Some people feel nothings for aninmals, cause deep down they themselves are animals.

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-23 12:03

    *SIGH*.......