Northern Cape towns in grip of brown locust outbreak

Children being pestered by locusts throughout a soccer match in Galeshewe, Kimberley (Zandisile Luphahla)

  • Residents of some Northern Cape towns needn’t panic over clouds of brown locusts.   
  • People ought to simply chase the bugs away – and change off exterior lights.  
  • The locusts spawn after heavy rains and wreak havoc on vegetation.    

Residents of Northern Cape towns have been requested to not panic over clouds of brown locusts passing via the realm.   

People are requested thrust back the bugs and to modify off exterior lights.  

The towns most affected are Upington, Kimberley, De Aar, Prieska, Kuruman, Springbok and Kathu.  

The locusts are inclined to congregate round homes and sports activities fields.  

In one occasion, locusts swarmed round a youngsters’s soccer recreation.   

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Agriculture MEC Mase Manopole mentioned the locusts will not be dangerous to people, however can destroy vegetation. 

“The current strong winds are supporting the flight and spread of the locusts, especially into our dwellings,” mentioned Manopole. 

Control measures are underway – however, as a result of of the kind of chemical substances used, houses can’t be handled.

“However, we urge members of the public to chase the locusts away when they are spotted in their yards and also to switch off their outside lights at night.” 

She additionally requested farmers and farming organisations to tell the division about which areas the locusts are, and to work with officers on the bottom to curb the outbreak.

The numbers are: Mulalo Matodzi on 083 326 7773, Vuyokazi Mpumlwana on 084 760 8176 and Ikalafeng Kgakatsi on 072 198 9882. 

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