Vandalism has always been a problem for beekeeper as apiary sites are usually in remote and unsecured areas. The vandals are usually after the honey in the hives but often destroy equipment and colonies in the process. This means that the beekeeper not only loses his crop but suffers from the loss of potential future harvests and the financial burden of having to replace equipment.
In an effort to understand this problem and to determine how widespread it is and how much beekeepers are being affected the Association has decided to start a database of all vandalism incidents in KZN. Although it is each individual beekeeper’s responsibility to secure their own hives and to report any losses to SAPS we feel a centralised record may be helpful in the future.
We, therefore ask that if you have been a victim of theft and vandalism that you fill out the form available on this website