350 dairy cows starved to death at R43m state-funded Eastern Cape farming project

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The Estina dairy farm in the Free State suffered similar mismanagement.
The Estina dairy farm in the Free State suffered similar mismanagement.
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The rundown: About 350 dairy cows were left to starve to death at the state-funded Mantusini Dairy Project, which was started in 2014 with 500 cows with a R43 million injection by the national and Eastern Cape governments.

What we know: The project, situated on 337 hectares of communal land, was meant to benefit some 500 individual households under communal tenure.

The next step: The DA will demand that the provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform intervene, and a full audit be done to account for the millions in funding received. 

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