South African Network of Animal Traction 
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SANAT is one of the national animal traction networks affiliated to the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (ATNESA), which is seeking to improve information exchange relating to animal power in the region. It publishes a regular newsletter and has a large number of publications and research reports available.

From 3rd to 7th November 2003, SANAT held a special workshop on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the formation of SANAT. It was held at the University of Fort Hare, Province of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Click here for further details

On 14 November, 2001 at Hogsback, Eastern Cape, SANAT organised a One-day Forestry Workshop on “Empowering Small and Medium Scale Logging Contractors through Animal Traction”. Click here for full details

In 1999, SANAT hosted the ATNESA workshop on Empowering farmers with animal traction into the 21st century. The workshop was held at the Loskop Dam, Mpumalanga in South Africa from 21-26 September 1999. It was attended by 110 people from 25 different countries. The proceedings are available and copies can be ordered from SANAT.

Contact: South African Network of Animal Traction (SANAT)
(Attn Bruce JOUBERT)
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Fort Hare
Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, SOUTH AFRICA

Tel: + 27-40-6022085
Fax: + 27-40-6531730
Cell: 0822003646

A newsletter is available

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publications on
animal traction
in South Africa

SANAT and its partners have published several books, proceedings and reports relating to animal traction in South Africa.


Empowering farmers with animal traction
edited by
Pascal Kaumbutho, Anne Pearson and Timothy Simalenga

Proceedings of the workshop of the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (ATNESA) held 20-24 September 1999, Mpumalanga, South Africa
ISBN 0-907146-10-4

Copies can be ordered from SANAT

Animal traction in South Africa: 
today and tomorrow
Proceedings of a workshop held 26th to 28th March 1996

Copies can be ordered from SANAT


Animal traction in South Africa: 
empowering rural communities

Compiled and edited by Paul Starkey
A DBSA-SANAT publication. ISBN 1–874878-67–6

Animal power has a long history in South Africa. Its present importance is often unrecognised. Today the majority of farmers in remote rural areas benefit from using oxen, donkeys or horses for transport or cultivation. Animals contribute to food production, marketing and drudgery reduction, particularly for women.
This book derives from a remarkable survey in which a multi-racial, multi-disciplinary team travelled nation-wide and listened to the experiences and concerns of over 500 farmers and officials.

Click here for further information on how to obtain the book and how to download some of the chapters. 

  • Current animal traction situation in each Province

  • Analysis of human, animal and technological issues

  • Historical perspectives

  • Socio-economic analysis

  • Donkeys: myths and misconceptions

  • Portraits of animal power

  • Ways forward

Copies can be ordered from SANAT






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