The City of Ekurhuleni keeps animals in line with its Keeping Livestock policy approved by Council in 2009. The livestock improvement programme was introduced to breed stud quality, healthy animals for educational purposes in well maintained facilities.
The majority of suburban residents do not have the means or opportunity to visit a farm or a nature reserve. One of the many roles of the City is to provide residents with safe open spaces, and to link it to some form of education. Maintaining these spaces costs money and the City has to find ways of subsidising the maintenance costs of these facilities. Forms of income include entrance fees, renting out of lapas, hosting open air events as well as breeding and selling of livestock.
These animals are sold to professional registered farmers; the City does not breed animals destined for the butcher market.
Early this week, the City announced scheduled auction for some of the animals it keeps, to which residents raised some concerns. The City appreciates the concerns raised but it must be noted that the auction is not due to the City not being able to take care of these animals.
The City did consider donating the livestock to other animal sanctuaries but most sanctuaries are under tremendous financial constraints.
The animals are not sold due to any inability to take care of them. It is as a result of successful breeding.
The auction takes place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, at the Bokkie Park in Boksburg using the services of Spokes Auctioneers. Bidders are urged to register on their website -
DETAILS OF THE AUCTION ARE AS FOLLOWS
Auction Day: 11 May 2021
Viewing Time: 09h00 - 10h00
Auction Time: 10h00
Venue: Bokkie Park, Southvale Street, Parkdene, Boksburg