The communities of Okukho and Nqulwini were very excited to receive a visit from the MEC for EDTEA Tuesday afternoon.
The MEC spent a day in and around the Hluhluwe Game Reserve engaging with the affected communities specifically those of Okukho and Nqulwini following the escape of wild animals to nearby communities.
The MEC did an inspection of the perimeter fence then engaged positively with the community members where he was welcomed with open arms by the enthusiastic members of the community.
Engaging with the community MEC Duma said,”It is true that communities and nature can live together in peace and harmony, provided that there is responsibility and understanding. And yes we are aware of instances where some in the community would have been tempted to remove the fencing for reasons related to socio-economics and this is unacceptable as it puts our peoples lives in danger.
The MEC went on to remark that “the department would engage with the Department of Agriculture to see how can they both intervene to provide nature with water dams, manage both grass and water ecosystems which are essential for feeding and grassing the animals, so that wild animals and community livestocks do not need to share these natural breeding necessities that complicates the problems