Editorial staff
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26 Apr 2022
4:30 am

Rate hike on game farming is short-sighted and potentially highly damaging to the economy

Editorial staff

It is worrying, then, that a number of municipalities are considering amending their rates policies to bill game farms on a commercial, rather than agricultural, scale.

In the middle of Kruger National Park, South Africa's most celebrated game reserve, a luxury train takes passengers but never moves. At the Kruger Shalati - known as the Train on the Bridge - guests gaze over the animals kingdom, from the golden sunrise until the Milky Way spills across the nighttime sky. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Most municipalities in this country are mismanaged. Incompetence and downright theft result in poor, or no delivery of services at all. Yet the one thing many have in common is a desire to gouge even more out of ratepayers. It is worrying, then, that a number of municipalities are considering amending their rates policies to bill game farms on a commercial, rather than agricultural, scale. In Mangaung, the latest to propose such a change, it means owners of game farms will pay 15 times more from 1 July, should the proposal be adopted. https://www.citizen.co.za/business/business-news/3083839/more-municipalities-move-to-tax-game-farms-as-businesses/ Game farm owners in Thabazimbi are...