amaNguni: project is for money, not love — minister

2012-03-19 00:00

THESE cows are meant for money, not for love.

Agriculture MEC Meshack Radebe warned beneficiaries of the controversial Nguni cattle project that they should not be used for paying lobola, or traditional ceremonies. Their purpose was to grow commercial farming.

The project was stopped in 2008 after it emerged that it had handsomely benefited the wives of politicians and government officials.

“We will lease 44 beneficiaries 30 cows and one bull each, but they will have to return them after five years of breeding,” Radebe said at the re-launch of the project on Friday.

He warned them to look after the cattle because if they lost them, they would have to replace them.

The amaNguni project was reintroduced at Cedara in the presence of emerging black farmers, commercial farmers and beneficiaries. “I am optimistic that the Nguni project will now take off without any hassle as all gaps have been addressed,” the MEC said. Also at the re-launch were King Goodwill Zwelithini, amakhosi, cabinet members, commercial farmers and members of public. The king was given three cows to bless the ceremony. “In 10S years’ time I want poverty to be abolished in KwaZulu-Natal and I shall be addressing this matter with amakhosi through the Ingonyama Rural Development Forum,” the king said.

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