The Potchefstroom agricultural college is in total ruin.
Students complain that the maintenance of the buildings and grounds has fallen so far behind that it makes the environment unsafe. There is no trace of the once-proud institution that trained top farmers and agricultural technical advisers.
Photos and reports of animals being emaciated due to poor and malnutrition, appalling kraals, rubbish dumped in the grazing and animal welfare practices that will make the SPCA gasp for breath support the students’ complaints.
Saai is particularly concerned about the impact of neglected facilities on the quality of tertiary agricultural training.
Saai has already taken legal action to address the animal abuse and the decay of the historic buildings but the core of the problem is the management of the college.
The North West Department of Agriculture is currently responsible for the institution but it is time to place the college in competent hands.
Saai requests that the college’s management be suspended with immediate effect and placed under administration.
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