Disgrace: Protected cycads left to rot at Tzaneen Post Office

Cycad rotting after being dug up 9 months ago. Photo: Kobus Muller

Our initial Herald report in April 2017 covered the cycads being dug up at the Tzaneen Post Office in an apparent ‘attempt to clean up the area’. At the time, Tzaneen Post Office manager, Matome Mogobodja, was unfamiliar with the plant.

Precious trees being uprooted with pic axes back in April 2017.

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“I did not know that they were cycads. I do not know what type of plants they are,” Mogobodja said at the time.

Plant enthusiasts are expressing their horror in seeing these beautiful specimens left to rot, nine months after they were brutally dug up with pick axes.

According to local cycad enthusiast, Heidi Hanaczach-Kruger, it may not be too late to save this beautiful plant.

Translocation attempts of cycads have shown relative success in the past.

So it could be possible to replant these cycads in a place where they can be respected and enjoyed.

Full story coming in next week’s Letaba Herald.

Beth Coetzee

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