In Tshwane, chickens rule the roost, while Northern Cape is more sheepish


Honorary Master
Mar 26, 2010
There's a clear winner for the nation's taste buds: South Africans bought just over a billion chickens (yes, that is 1,000-million) in one year.

Next were cattle (3.6-million), sheep (3.1-million) and pigs (2.2-million).

This is according to the Census of Commercial Agriculture, released by Stats SA on Tuesday, based on 2017 data.

A few geographical areas dominate key livestock markets, Stats SA said.

Tshwane in Gauteng sold one in every five chickens nationwide, and the Sarah Baartman district in Eastern Cape sold 39% of SA’s goats.

Sheep in the Northern Cape's Pixley ka Seme district outnumber people six-to-one, Stats SA found.

Covering an area of just over 100,000 square kilometres, the district includes towns such as Victoria West, De Aar and Colesburg.

“The almost 202,000 people who live there are not alone. The district is also home to 1.3-million sheep, the highest population of sheep in the country,” said Stats SA.

With 8-million sheep living on commercial farms nationwide, Pixley ka Seme boasts 16% of the national sheep population.

Right now, if a natural disaster happened in Gauteng’s West Rand district, 31% of the nation’s carrot crop would be at risk.

Stats SA said this area produced 69,638 tonnes of carrots in 2017, contributing 31% to SA’s total production of 226,017 tonnes. Together with much smaller carrot crops in Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and Tshwane, Gauteng as a whole contributed 35% to national production.

Other big hitters:

Bojanala Platinum in North West produced 44% of the nation’s beetroot.Ehlanzeni in Mpumalanga produced 67% of SA’s bananas. The district was also responsible for 57% of macadamia nut production.Overberg in Western Cape produced 40% of our apples.Mopani in Limpopo produced 43% of the country’s avocados, 25% of its oranges and 64% of its mangoes.
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Expert Member
Mar 20, 2015
A billion chickens.... was eating a plate of buffalo wings the other day and realised how many chickens had to die for this one plate.
Thanks for your sacrifice delicious chickens.