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Johannesburg rats: Who you gonna call?

2012-03-14 22:35

Johannnesburg - The City of Johannesburg has chosen owls to fight a rat plague in Alexandra, city spokesperson Nkosinathi Nkabinde said on Wednesday.

Methods used to kill rats included owls, rat cages and fumigation.

"The city has opted for the owl solution," he said.

"Owl nesting and release boxes have been installed in three schools in Alexandra as this three-year project will be educating schools on the role owls play in eradicating rats."

Nkabinde said prevention remained the best solution for rat control.

"We have to eliminate the conditions in which the rodents thrive and for this we need the active co-operation of all residents of Johannesburg."

Nkabinde said illegal dumping and the careless disposal of food and waste were still the primary causes of rodent infestation.

The campaign to eradicate rodents and "other pests" in Alexandra, Orange Farm, Ivory Park and Orlando East, started in August.

Comments
  • bossafari - 2012-03-15 00:19

    Call the Chinese; inform them that JHB rats are better than Rhino horn as their meat contains gold dust!

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-03-15 00:26

    Please place posters everywhere in Alexandra to PLEASE NOT POISON THE OWLS. Don't be surprised if suddenly owls in small containers will be for sale next to the roadsides.

      Silvana - 2012-03-15 06:13

      Please don't even say that. You might just give someone ideas.

      Althea - 2012-03-15 08:11

      Hahahaha...Hilarious...and yes in SA that is very much possible :)

      Sam - 2012-03-15 10:39

      At the same time, they should put out posters saying PLEASE DO NOT POISON THE RATS. Rats poisoned with Rattex or similar will be eaten by owls (or dogs or cats, for that matter), who will then also die. If rat poison is absolutely essential, then at least use RACUMEN which doesn't have this effect.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-15 00:33

    Nkabinde said illegal dumping and the careless disposal of food and waste were still the primary causes of rodent infestation.\r\nPerhaps the ANC is the primary cause it has failed in basic service delivery such as refuse removal and proper sanitation ,Nkabinde you fool.

  • sariena.robbertse - 2012-03-15 01:34

    It's not rats.It's people shrinking from hunger under this government.

  • Philip - 2012-03-15 05:07

    I think the "rats" in alex are a bit too large for an owl to deal with.....

      Christina - 2012-03-15 09:51

      true Philip, i stay there, its horrible, they re like the second residents of alex. people of alex must start cleaning up now govment cannot do everything for us, we have to look after ourselves and stop blaming anc/gvmnt for evrything.

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-03-15 05:40

    Owls won't help the situation! The Rats in Alex are the same size as my car, clearly they've never been to Alex if they think owls are the answer.

      Mike - 2012-03-15 07:17

      2kekeletso you mean the rats are the same size as your car. you mean you have seen rats that size. I have seen huge 2 legged rats in Alex but also in parliment and pretoria

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-15 05:46

    This is because we dont clean up after ourselves, everyone has the attitude its not my job, or tomorrow. Pick it up now... its not hard and it wont kill you, but the rats just may...ALEX is dirty like sadly alot of the people in there. I have gone thru Alex and the people there are dirty, no one picks up after themselves, the floor is their dustbin... Change the mentallity otherwise your wasting your time

  • Silvana - 2012-03-15 06:12

    This is a great idea except there's one flaw. How do you stop the community from using rat poison. I know that there's an extremely potent poison that is sold in the townships that use to control rats.

  • Rory Marx - 2012-03-15 06:36

    well they shouldnt throw their chicken bones in the street then!

  • Andile Magaba Magaba - 2012-03-15 06:55

    Cleanliness is next to Godliness. The community of Alex should have cleaning campaigns every now and them. They need to get every member of the community involved and educate one another on the importance of hygiene

      omgudu - 2012-03-15 10:02

      Great idea Andile but the only problem with the cleaning campaign is the environmental health practitioners need to be involved and in most municipalities environmental health practitioners dont know their job description. I for one was once a environmental health practitioner but fortunately I was working for one of the municipalities that does n't take nonsense, we did n't even participate on public strikes and i think that is all thanks to the divisional managers who know what they were hired for. the community can be educated through campaigns because there is a budget for that, but in most municipalities that budget dissapears into thin air without being used for the initial purpose.

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-03-15 07:08

    How well are the residents in the townships gonna take the fact that owls are on the "loose'because as far as I know some cultures see owls as a sign of death or something like that.........just asking ???

  • steveroodt - 2012-03-15 07:12

    Zulu, Ndebele, Shona, and Balozi tribes all believe the Owl is a bad luck omen so how are we gonna get past this

  • Letlhogonolo Khabeng - 2012-03-15 07:26

    Alex is close to Sandton,so watch out they might just cross the bridge

      makgale - 2012-03-15 08:30

      oh they have already crossed, they live in those plants next to City Bank and the taxi rank in mandela square

  • Bruce - 2012-03-15 07:58

    that is truly bright of JM has done it again,no research into the myths about owls.Those birds are going to eradicated in no time.What happened to simple cleaning up of the area,education of littering,provide the full services required to maintain Alex.What a joke.

      Michael - 2012-03-15 08:29

      Easy one Bruce - "job" creation - we'll now have thousands of vacancies. Picture the success - The Ministry For Owl Affairs..."The Council For Previously Disadvantaged Birds"...road name changes to favour all things feathery...."The Rodents Against Fascism Movement... oh the list is endless, Bravo Nkabinde

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-15 08:31

    Oh so Nkbinde don't educate your people and when they move to urban areas they going to bring their dirt with them and litter your street and driveway and may just bring a rat or two with them so please education is the key not owls you telling the people its ok we dealing with this mess by bringing you owls think ahead it will not stop unless you start educating them you have the power use it properly!!!!and yes make sure they are getting the service delivery they desperately need make it your priority to clean thr township up and quickly

  • makgale - 2012-03-15 08:37

    Its not only Alex, Jhb CBD is infested, come to bree taxi rank you will see . ppl need to be educated not throw food anywhere bcause you are feeding them, and they look healthy those rats

      Jayb - 2012-03-15 10:20

      @ the goverment does not provide enough rubish bin, so the goverment and the community must be blammed

  • pvuuren - 2012-03-15 09:27

    preventing and containing pests and disease breakouts(if there's rats disease is short to follow) all boils down to discipline, and the most basic form of discipline is to keep your surroundings clean. Owls(parts of them) are used in some sorts of Muthi, aswel as the superstitious belief that they(owls) have some magical ability to bless a child for what ever reason(maybe to keep SHORTBOYS away) i don't know.... , so don't call anybody, just keep your place clean!!!!!

  • Christina - 2012-03-15 09:46

    It will be also good if residents can be informed as they will start to think they are for whitchcraft and start burning people for nothing.

  • BuzzM - 2012-03-15 10:25

    Just this morning I visited and industrial park at the bottom af Strijdom Park in Randburg. I saw a rat run across the drive. On mentioning this to the security guard, he stated that there were hundreds of them.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-03-15 11:31

    There are rats running all over Joburg - as a cyclist you get to eyeball them on a daily basis, and its getting worse. Given that there is not a manhole cover left in the metropolis, they have lots of portal orifices. Clueless management.

  • Danelle - 2012-03-15 12:11

    Rat poison is very dangerous to owls, so I sincerely hope they have been educated on this. Even Racumin is definitely not owl and bird friendly. Although it is a multi-feed poison, i.e. the rat has to feed on it two or three times before it dies, if an owl or other raptor catches and eats the rat within a day of the rat ingesting the poison, the owl will suffer secondary poisoning. Rats that have consumed the poison become easy prey as they become very sluggish while it takes up to three days for them to die. A small dose of poisoning can affect the owl’s hunting ability as they are precision hunters. If the poison doesn’t kill the owls, they can starve to death. We see many owls and owlets die from Racumin poisoning. Therefore we would like to urge the public to move away from pesticides, especially over the winter months as it is the Barn Owls’ breeding season. When they have chicks, they hunt very actively. A baby Barn Owlet can eat up to 5 rats or mice per night, depending on the size of the rat.

  • Danelle - 2012-03-15 12:12

    www.owlrescue911.webs.com / facebook.com/OwlRescueCentre

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-03-15 12:39

    JHB is covered in litter. What do you expect. Clean the streets, storm drains, streams and you will not sit with any problem. Service delivery at it's poorest.

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