Scientific Assessment : Livestock Predation and its management in South Africa

Historic first for predation management in South Africa!


A single document containing detailed and current insight and knowledge into the complex situation of predation management has been finalised and was launched at the Nelson Mandela University on 16 November 2018. 

In this historic first (nationally and globally), the Scientific Assessment for Livestock Predation and its Management in South Africa will form the basis for contemplating policy development. It will also strengthen Government’s resolve to develop evidence-based policy and to recognise that in many complex situations, such as where there is predation on livestock, there is no silver-bullet solution. The partnership of Government, industry, stakeholders and leading researchers emerged to resource and formulate the Scientific Assessment and shows a strong commitment to address the conflicts around livestock predation management. During this event, Prof. Graham Kerley of the Nelson Mandela University provided an overview of the assessment and felt confident that the document will contribute towards reducing conflict and sustaining both agricultural production and biodiversity. Sipiwo Makinana, who represented the wool industry, highlighted the plights of emerging livestock farmers on predation and acknowledged the outcome of the assessment that commercial and communal livestock farmers face similar predation challenges.

Guillau du Toit, chairman of the Predation Management Forum (PMF) welcomed the assessment. He referred to the chapter on policy and recommendations to Government as the most essential part of the study, as regulations and legislation, which impact the production practices of livestock and wildlife ranching producers, need an overhaul. He thanked Prof. Kerley and his team for the inclusivity of the process and the involvement of a magnitude of researchers, authors and reviewers. The implications of the findings for Government were welcomed by both the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Mr Joe Kgobokoe, representing DAFF, and Ms Mancotywa from DEA acknowledged the requirement of both a strategic national research programme to provide evidence for policy development, as well as closer cooperation between policy developers, livestock managers/farmers and researchers. This assesment is aimed at helping agricultural and conservation policymakers and managers to arrive at improved approaches for reducing livestock predation, while at the same time contributing to the conservation of our natural predators. The PMF would like to thank all the role players who helped to make the publication possible.


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November 2018

The November newsletter announces the launch of the Scientific Assessment for Livestock Predation, a historic first for predation management in South Africa ; NWGA Free State Executive member Anton Marx shares why electric fencing has proven successful under his unique farming conditions and circumstances and the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) encourages farmers to record predation losses on a newly developed cellphone APP.  

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October 2018

The October newsletter shares the successful practice of alpacas as effective herd animals to protect farmer Pieter Albertyn of Struisbaai against predators ; Scientific Assessment of Livestock predation and it's management in South Africa to be released soon ; read article by Prof. HO De Waal on the Demography and morphometry of black-backed jackals in SA and Namibia.  

Newsletter sponsored by Night Eye - the eco-friendly protector. 

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September 2018

The September newsletter speaks on the urgency of purchasing jackal proof fencing at reduced rates ; Farmer Erik Alexander of Trompsburg tells why he uses jackal proof fencing to keep predators at bay ; 2018 Northern Cape Farmer of the Year mentions that the electrification of camps provides for an increase in lam percentage and we show you what the toolbox consist of when managing predators. 

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August 2018

The August newsletter portrays the views of Dorothee Trollip in the Maclear district of no predation losses thanks to anatolian sheep dogs ; what services one can find at the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) and reasons why predation losses decrease at demonstration farms. 

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Bestel nou sifdraad teen verlaagde prys

Die Kooperasie, Humansdorp  in samewerking met die Predasiebestuursforum (PMF) stel sifdraad teen verlaagde pryse beskikbaar !  Die Kooperasie sal 2.5% van die waarde van die bestellings wat ontvang en ten volle betaal is, ten bate van predasiebestuursopleiding skenk.  Promosie eindig aan die einde van September 2018. 

Kliente uit ander areas, waar Die Kooperasie nie handelstakke het nie, kan bestellings by Gerrit du Preez, 072 499 3135 of per epos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Opgedateerde promosiemateriaal.




Boer met 'n plan (Niel Viljoen Bestuursprogram)

"As jy roofdiere suksesvol wil beheer en bestuur, moet jy hulle verstaan en hul gewoontes ken", sê Niel Viljoen, bekende roofdierkenner.  In dié artikel gee hy praktiese riglyne vir die bestuur van roofdiere.  Dit is 'n uittreksel uit 'n DVD oor sy bestuursprogram waarmee hy reeds groot sukses behaal het.  Die DVD is by die NWKV beskikbaar. 

Artikel Wolboer 2013 

Uittreksel uit DVD - deel 2




July 2018

The July newsletter comprise of articles relating to the Eastern Cape PMF who are concerned with leopards and stray dogs ; presentation by Dr. Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni of the International Wildlife Fellowship Foundation (IWFF) on a leopard project that could assist authorities in decision making and Mr. Swithan Webster who farms in Queenstown shares his success story in curbing predation with netted fences.  Read here

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Dept. Environmental Affairs - National and Provincial authorities

The Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) have compiled the following documents contain details on the regulatory framework (acts, ordinances, and regulations) regarding management of damage-causing animals for each department, along with contact details of permit offices and of officials dealing with these matters.

PMiC list of national and provincial authorities 


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