Foot-in-mouth disease led to the decision to either retrench staff or liquidate the farm.
Reports in national media claim that President Cyril Ramaphosa had retrenched half of his permanent staff at his Ntabanyoni farm in Badplaas in Mpumalanga, where foot-and-mouth disease is ravaging the province.
The president farmed with his beloved Ankole rare breed Ugandan cattle known for their beautiful horns, on the farm. He had sold one of these rare cows and three bulls at an auction last year, allegedly for more than R19 million.
All auctions in the province had now been stopped. (See previous article on FMD in Mpumalanga.)