Last month we profiled the Vuyo Myoli youngster urban beekeeping business in Gugulethu. Appointed Beez Movethe hives are set up on school grounds near a railway line and an informal market.
Unfortunately, when Myoli came to work on Monday, he found that one of his two hives had been reduced to ashes. He says someone must have jumped the fence.
“I’m just lost and depressed,” he says.
Myoli says that when he got there, bees were still flying around the embers following the smell of honey. “They don’t realize the other bees are dead.” He doesn’t know why anyone would do something like that. The hives and the honey were not stolen.
“I lost the bees. I lost production. I lost the hive,” he says.
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After seeing the damage, Myoli went to Gugulethu police station to file a report but he says he was not taken seriously. “They made it look like it was a joke. They don’t understand,” he said. Myoli says he waited two hours for help and was told to come back the next day, which he did.
Myoli says the community just doesn’t understand the importance of bees, which is why he wants to educate people.
Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said it is “unclear what caused the fire” and there are no suspects. He says Gugulethu Police is investigating a case of malicious property damage.
This is not the first time that the hives of Myoli have been threatened. In June, people tried to steal his hives, but they were stung and dropped one, causing structural damage. “My bees are threatened,” he says.
Myoli says it won’t be easy to get a new hive. “I need to raise funds,” he says. He lost about R4,000 worth of equipment and thousands of his bees died. Myoli has now moved her second hive to a safe place.
Myoli says he is looking for a safer space for his operation. “I will still continue to catch bees in the township. They play a major role. » DM
First published by GroundUp.