Start making sense of your financial wellness.

Watch the Sitholes every Thursday at 17h30 on e.tv

Tears over expensive donkeys at auction

Comment on this story


donkeys

REUTERS

FILE PHOTO

Johannesburg - Two Louis Trichardt residents who have cared for stray donkeys at the municipal pound for the past two months, burst into tears at an auction when they realised they did not have enough money to buy all the animals, it was reported on Thursday.

Esme Mostert and Helena van den Heever told Beeld on Wednesday that they had thought the donkeys would be sold at lower prices.

Some of the animals were sold for R1600 each, although donkeys usually cost around R200 in informal settlements.

Bidding on Wednesday started at R300 per animal. “When I realised I didn't have enough money to buy them all, I burst into tears,” Mostert said.

Beeld reported that the two women had provided water, hay and carrots for 37 donkeys because the Makhado municipality was prepared to give the animals only two bales of hay a day.

At the auction, Mostert and her friends bought nine of 35 donkeys, for around R6000.

She said she paid R775 for Halfoor (Half Ear) and R400 for Oupa (Grandfather).

“He's old and so loving. Now he has a good home until the end of his days.

The other seven donkeys were distributed among like-minded friends who live on smallholdings outside the town.

Sapa


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory