Locust focus: Eastern Cape fights to contain ‘black rivers’ waiting to burst

Newly hatched pests haven’t started hopping but will reach the disastrous flying stage in under three weeks

22 October 2020 - 19:41 By Michael Kimberley

A brown locust outbreak has hit drought-ravaged districts in the Eastern Cape, a disaster that could clear out cereal crops on more than 120 farms...

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