Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
1 minute read
30 Dec 2020
5:22 am

Mushroom farm causes a stink in De Doorns

Brian Sokutu

Western Cape government is satisfied that the farm takes remedial measures to prevent pollution.

Mushrooms. Picture: iStock

A complaint by neighbouring farmers of a compost stench has sparked a protracted David and Goliath standoff in impoverished De Doorns in the Western Cape, where a group of 130 desperate farm workers have vowed to continue producing mushrooms to save their jobs. Trouble for Royal Mushrooms – a source of employment for many people – began in 2012 when three neighbouring farmers laid a complaint with the Breede Valley municipality, questing the zoning of the mushroom producer. After a court found Royal Mushrooms complied with agricultural farming zone requirements, a series of complaints and charges about the mushroom farm...