One man’s steak is another man’s cow

2013-11-06 00:00

THE D409 just outside Camperdown was a muddy mess of clinging red-brown clay in September a decade or so ago. Peering through the fence line of a small thornveld farm at the end of the road, you might have noticed a herd of contented cattle grazing happily on the rich veld grass among the scattered sweet thorns and paper barks, with the imposing figure of Pauline fussing among them.

And then the authorities moved in. First, a flurry of officials from the Department of Agriculture, then the police. Pauline saw the commotion up the road and heard the rumours. “Foot and mouth disease” was the news from the lips of neighbours and concerned friends and acquaintances. “Foot and mouth disease” confirmed the headlines on the radio, TV and in the newspapers. “The first outbreak of the exotic form of foot and mouth disease in KwaZulu-Natal since the 19th century.”

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