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News Archive - November - 2010

Rabbits arrive at Ithembalihle

Rabbits arrive at Ithembalihle

The Rabbits have arrived! As part of our visit in October new plans were put in place to provide a sustainable food programme, rather than receiving money from overseas and going to a supermarket. So Ithembalihle and GAGA established its rabbit-breeding programme along with support from Kwa-Care, another NGO which has piloted this scheme with other projects.

The set up costs, which included the rabbits and cages, were £60. This also covered a 3-day training course which Thandiwe’s husband Sbo attended. Rabbit is considered one of the most nutrient rich meats in the world; it has a low fat content and fast reproduction. Its estimated after a year of a proper breeding programme as much as 1kg of meat can be farmed a day.

The rabbits food source is free, being a wild reed which grows all over South Africa. As you can imagine, such a scheme has many benefits and if successful we hope to roll it out to other projects we support. The surplus meat can be sold, as well as the skins for traditional clothing. Rabbits are not native to South Africa but it’s considered there are enough natural predators to contain numbers if they broke out. Once the rabbits have settled they will be mated in late December and we hope to see the first families of bunnies in January.

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