South Africa 9.9.2013 06:10 am

Game auction raises R750k for transformation

“Sunrise”, a golden wildebeest bull, was sold at the weekend for R750 000 with ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa wielding the auctioneer’s hammer.

The animal was donated by the Stud Game Breeders group to raise funds for transformation projects in the country.

Vleissentraal Bosveld said that Ramaphosa “artfully concluded the lot that fetched a remarkable price of R750 000 offered by a syndicate comprising of a collective group of game farmers”.

Last year, Ramaphosa came under intense pressure for reportedly putting in an R18 million bid for a buffalo and her calf. At the time, the SA Press Association reported that Ramaphosa had said it was a mistake.

He was quoted on SAfm as saying: “I regret it because it is an excessive price in the sea of poverty. I belong to a community and it was one of those moments when I was blind-sighted.”

The annual Stud Game Breeders auction was held over the weekend at Mbizi Lodge outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo. Animals sold at the catalogue auction are delivered directly from the breeder’s farm to the buyer’s farm with minimal stress for the animals.

Also at this weekend’s auction, two golden wildebeest heifers equalled the previous record of R500 000 apiece.

A nine-month-old saddled impala ram fetched a record R900 000 and a white rhino cow was auctioned for R560 000. With 388 registered buyers on site, the 23 adult buffalo and three buffalo calves, 214 adult and 21 juvenile antelope combined to produce total sales of R130.4 million according to Vleissentraal.

 

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