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Department of Agriculture spent R46 million erecting a fencing

The Department of Agriculture spent R46 million erecting 971 kilometres of fencing on game farms and farms across the Limpopo Province in the last five years.

The Department revealed that it paid an average of R47 000 per km for un-electrified fences and utilised labour via the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) for between R75 and R92 per day which is a subsidised cost.

Departmental procurement was as follows:

Project Type (height) of fence Cost EPWP Workers Kilometres
Modimolle Red Meat 1.4 high R5.9 million 32 4
Mogalakwena Mapela Red Meat 1.4 high R2.2 million 105 8
Yellow Line 1.4 high R1.6 million 122 13
Seleka Area Wide 1.4 high R1.3 million 30 19
Mutale Nwanedi Area Wide 1.4 high R1.1 million 60 24

The Department did not follow the 5 pillars of procurement as outlined by the National Treasury.

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