Following the outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) reported in the North West, Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) will be embarking on roadshows and awareness campaigns to meet with farmers/pork producers, affected communities and the public at large.

The Directorate: Food Import and Export Standards: Animal Health Promotion together with the provincial departments of agriculture in collaboration with the Pork Producers Association, will be conducting the African swine fever awareness campaigns to educate farmers/pork producers on the prevention, transmission and spread of the disease. These will include information on the risk of feeding pigs kitchen waste/garbage, the risk of buying from unknown sources, public health risks, symptoms, prevention and control of ASF.

ASF does not affect humans and consumption of pork is safe. However, any meat and products from affected pigs can be a source of infection to other pigs. Farmers should therefore ensure that, if any swill is fed to pigs, the swill must be pre-cooked for at least an hour. This will ensure the inactivation of the ASF virus, as well as other diseases of concern.

Quick facts about ASF

  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • There is no vaccine for ASF.
  • There is no treatment for affected pigs.
  • It kills almost all infected pigs.

The disease is transmitted by:

  • Contact with infected wild or domestic pigs.
  • Ingestion of contaminated material (e.g., food waste, feed or garbage).
  • Contaminated fomites (people, vehicles, equipment, shoes).
  • Biological vectors (soft ticks).

Farmers/pork producers are requested to be vigilant and to report any sudden illness and deaths of their pigs to the local state veterinarian.

These awareness campaigns are arranged for the following selected provinces, the other provinces will follow in due course:

Free State

MangaungBloemfontein3 July10:00
4 July10:00
Thabo MofutsanyaneVrede 22 July 09:00
Memel22 July 13:00
Harrismith23 July 09:00
Warden23 July 13:00
QwaQwa24 July 09:00
Fouriesburg24 July 13:00
Ladybrand25 July 09:00
Ficksburg25 July 13:00

North West

BojanalaRustenburg15 July 10:00
Dr Kenneth KaundaKlerksdorp16 July 10:00
Dr Ruth Segomotsi MompatiTaung17 July 09:00
Dr Ruth Segomotsi MompatiVryburg17 July 13:00
Ngaka Modiri MolemaZeerust18 July 13:00

Press release, DAFF