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The abattoir section is actively responsible to ensure that wholesome meat reaches the community of the town of Selebi Phikwe and to a certain extent some of the surrounding villages.  Food animals are slaughtered and inspected to ensure that no meat is unfit for human consumption reaches the community.  This is in accordance with the livestock and Meat Industrial Act.

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 The service involves other stakeholders such as Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture that ensures that animals are disease free prior to slaughter at the abattoir.

 Also involved is the Tribal Administration (Dikgotla) that provides certified permits to farmers for entry at the abattoir that ensure that animals are cleared of any criminal activities.

 It should be noted that the veterinary department also provides “Animal movement permit” with equal number of animals included in the Kgotla permit.

 The Kgotla permit is valid for one week (7days) after registration and veterinary permit not more than three days before entry at the abattoir.  These are thoroughly checked at the abattoir gate.

 These animals are then kraaled after identification to their respective destination (Butcheries) for a night so as to rest and bring blood circulation to at least normal for proper bleeding during slaughter.



Then follows the main activity; inspection .This is divided into two:


a)                  Ante-mortem

b)                  Post-mortem


Anti-mortem is done first thin in the morning to detect any signs of diseases or unstableness immediately before slaughter so that appropriate action can be taken to avoid slaughtering of unfit animals.

 Post mortem inspection is carried out on carcasses for disease conditions that cannot be easily detected with naked eyes on living animals.

Delivery of meat

 After postmortem inspection, meat is cleaned with cold water and sound meat will be ready for collection.  Collecting trucks are also inspected on entry and has to be canopied for local deliveries and refrigerated for distances over 100 kilometers.

 Condemned stuff:  All condemned stuff is destined for destruction at the municipal landfill, and then plant is cleaned and made ready for the following day.

Cost Involved

 Some charges are involved in the whole process and are detailed as follows:

                         Slaughter fees



















Cold storage fees:  This is charged on carcasses stored in the cold facility (abattoir) for a night and they are as follows:

















15.00 per animal


The abattoir has cold storage for detaining carcasses found with measles.  These are kept at a very cold temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius for 14 days, after which they are declared fit for consumption and are handed back to owners free of charge.

 NB:  In all activities involved, inspection of animals is carried out by the Veterinary staff deployed at Selebi Phikwe Abattoir since the introduction of “Livestock and Meat Industries Act” (Meat Inspection and control of Red Meat Abattoir) Regulations 2007.

 Routine inspection of butcheries in Selebi Phikwe is carried out by the Abattoir Meat Inspections.





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