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Municipality to buy Rainbow Chickens’ poultry farms

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In a bid to help workers and community members affected by the mass lay-offs at Rainbow Chickens – renamed RCL Foods – in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, the eThekwini Municipality has offered to buy two of the RCL farms to produce free-range indigenous fowls for the local and regional market.

The city has offered RCL Foods – which laid off 1 350 workers and is selling 13 of its 25 farms in Hammarsdale and neighbouring Camperdown – R15 million for the Uitkomst and Doornrug chicken farms.

The decision to buy the farms, as part of the city’s newly adopted Radical Agrarian Socioeconomic Transformation Programme, was taken by a full council meeting on April 28.

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