Scamster cashing in on drought relief, MEC warns farmers

2016-04-08 11:08
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Cape Town - Farmers are being warned against a scamster who appears to be cashing in on the drought, promising government financed relief of over R250 000 - but at a cost.

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde on Friday said in a statement that farmers were not required to pay anything in order to be considered for help from the R34m in drought relief provincial government had made available for the current financial year.

"Government does not, under any circumstances, require farmers to pay for drought relief funding," he said.

Although there have not yet been any reported cases in the Western Cape, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries issued an alert about the conman, offering a government grant of R270 000 for a fee of R20 000.

Assistance, however, was done through a service provider appointed by the province to distribute animal feed, a statement read.

"It is the responsibility of the farmers to collect the assistance relief goods from the various depots at local agricultural offices.

"In terms of own contribution, farmers are allowed to group themselves and procure diesel/petrol to collect the animal feed from the various depots. No payment is done to any individual."

Provincial government has requested R88m from national government for the coming financial year, which is still under consideration.

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