Municipalities fail animals

2017-03-30 06:02
Nicky Koekemoer with some of the rescued stray dogs. Photo: 4 paws and a tale

Nicky Koekemoer with some of the rescued stray dogs. Photo: 4 paws and a tale

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VUSI MTHALANE

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IN 2006 a strict legislation was passed, compelling all municipalities in the province to have animal pounds.

The KZN Pound Act 3 of 2006 stipulated that all municipalities should either establish their own pounds within a period of 12 months or enter into a service agreement with another pound, also within a year.

Despite this, two South Coast municipalities have missed the deadline by 11 years even though the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) provided funds for their establishment.

Responding to a list of parliamentary questions posed by the Democratic Alliance, which the Fever has seen, Cogta acting head of department Thando Tubane admitted that in 2011 funding was allocated to Umzumbe and Umdoni for the establishment of municipal pounds.

It has since been revealed that these funds were returned to Cogta after both municipalities failed to use them within the allocated time.

Nicky Koekemoer of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue said she was unaware of this, but is saddened by the news. 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue rescue, feed and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Scottburgh and surrounding areas that fall under Umdoni Municipality. They rely solely on donations and proceeds from their charity shop.

“There has been a sharp increase in the number of stray dogs and cats because of the economic situation and these animals just roam the streets after their owners abandon them,” said Koekemoer.

Umdoni Municipality had not responded to written questions at the time of going to press.

Umzumbe spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said the municipality had its own set of priorities that it had to see through first.

“At the time we received the funds, the processes that had to be followed to build a pound were way above the funding from Cogta. As a municipality our priorities were to address the serious infrastructure backlog we were facing at that time.

“As important the pound is, at that time we could not direct funds from basic infrastructure projects to building a pound,” said Khanyile.

He also stressed the importance of having a pound because stray animals can be dangerous even to motorists.

On January 31, the Cogta technical cluster recommended that the lack of co-operation by municipalities be escalated to political structures in an attempt to secure a political by-in from municipalities.

vusi.mthalane@media24.com

IN 2006 a strict legislation was passed, compelling all municipalities in the province to have animal pounds.

The KZN Pound Act 3 of 2006 stipulated that all municipalities should either establish their own pounds within a period of 12 months or enter into a service agreement with another pound, also within a year.

Despite this, two South Coast municipalities have missed the deadline by 11 years even though the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) provided funds for their establishment.

Responding to a list of parliamentary questions posed by the Democratic Alliance, which the Fever has seen, Cogta acting head of department Thando Tubane admitted that in 2011 funding was allocated to Umzumbe and Umdoni for the establishment of municipal pounds.

It has since been revealed that these funds were returned to Cogta after both municipalities failed to use them within the allocated time.

Nicky Koekemoer of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue said she was unaware of this, but is saddened by the news. 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue rescue, feed and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Scottburgh and surrounding areas that fall under Umdoni Municipality. They rely solely on donations and proceeds from their charity shop.

“There has been a sharp increase in the number of stray dogs and cats because of the economic situation and these animals just roam the streets after their owners abandon them,” said Koekemoer.

Umdoni Municipality had not responded to written questions at the time of going to press.

Umzumbe spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said the municipality had its own set of priorities that it had to see through first.

“At the time we received the funds, the processes that had to be followed to build a pound were way above the funding from Cogta. As a municipality our priorities were to address the serious infrastructure backlog we were facing at that time.

“As important the pound is, at that time we could not direct funds from basic infrastructure projects to building a pound,” said Khanyile.

He also stressed the importance of having a pound because stray animals can be dangerous even to motorists.

On January 31, the Cogta technical cluster recommended that the lack of co-operation by municipalities be escalated to political structures in an attempt to secure a political by-in from municipalities.

 

IN 2006 a strict legislation was passed, compelling all municipalities in the province to have animal pounds.

The KZN Pound Act 3 of 2006 stipulated that all municipalities should either establish their own pounds within a period of 12 months or enter into a service agreement with another pound, also within a year.

Despite this, two South Coast municipalities have missed the deadline by 11 years even though the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) provided funds for their establishment.

Responding to a list of parliamentary questions posed by the Democratic Alliance, which the Fever has seen, Cogta acting head of department Thando Tubane admitted that in 2011 funding was allocated to Umzumbe and Umdoni for the establishment of municipal pounds.

It has since been revealed that these funds were returned to Cogta after both municipalities failed to use them within the allocated time.

Nicky Koekemoer of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue said she was unaware of this, but is saddened by the news. 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue rescue, feed and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Scottburgh and surrounding areas that fall under Umdoni Municipality. They rely solely on donations and proceeds from their charity shop.

“There has been a sharp increase in the number of stray dogs and cats because of the economic situation and these animals just roam the streets after their owners abandon them,” said Koekemoer.

Umdoni Municipality had not responded to written questions at the time of going to press.

Umzumbe spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said the municipality had its own set of priorities that it had to see through first.

“At the time we received the funds, the processes that had to be followed to build a pound were way above the funding from Cogta. As a municipality our priorities were to address the serious infrastructure backlog we were facing at that time.

“As important the pound is, at that time we could not direct funds from basic infrastructure projects to building a pound,” said Khanyile.

He also stressed the importance of having a pound because stray animals can be dangerous even to motorists.

On January 31, the Cogta technical cluster recommended that the lack of co-operation by municipalities be escalated to political structures in an attempt to secure a political by-in from municipalities.

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