MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 0
Article views: 5
Latest Badges:

View all BDIP's badges.

Dog poop and related matters

11 January 2013, 12:22

I was amused by a writer’s defence to complaints of the mess left by some people who walk their dogs on the beaches and the parallels that were drawn between tourist behaviour and dog behaviour. I love dogs too. I would be equally frustrated if holidaymakers pooped on the beach (even if it were only in special demarcated areas as the writer suggests).

Courtesy and tolerance should always be first priority. The visitors are completely at their right to get rowdy, have their kids run around and have a party as long as this is done in respect of neighbours and they don't burn the place down (I sat most of xmas day on the roof with a hosepipe). Equally you are welcome to have your dog bark, run around without a leash and poop in special demarcated areas of your house. There already are specially allocated areas in public areas where dog poop can be put. They’re called rubbish bins. Don’t be gross. Pick up the poop.

The potholes are pretty bad, aren't they? But it does not upset or surprise me. Kouga and the whole Eastern Cape is such a poor region. I read the other day that the Eastern Cape does not have even one state-provided drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme in a region where low-income families, which show the largest occurance of substance abuse, are so many. Our potholes are just not a high enough priority with all the challenges the EC face to provide education, sanitation and jobs, and rightly so. If you want to ring-fence your pothole fund why not start in your street and get in touch with your neighbours to fix the bad places in your own road. It may not be fair but it will solve your problem. Areas where we keep having potholes may be better suited to be paved. It is cheaper and simpler. If you can't remove the cause of the problem it might be worth rethinking the approach.

I read about two problems in the Kouga area in our town: standing water and dune erosion. Flooding and seasonal dams are causing a lot of damage to the community and the environment. The solution should be something sustainable, cost efficient and eco-friendly. Certain plants indigenous to the region might be able to absorb standing water in rainy season to combat the accumulation of boggy areas whilst growing or dying in the dry season to provide vegetation and underbrush for dune conservation. I don’t know what the indigenous plant options are or even what they look like. I hope to get the input of someone that is an expert in the field and involved in the region. The solution could be a twenty minute conversation. In the meantime a pipe with a floater could help by naturally draining the area while floating at the top of the surface instead of a pump that consumes energy and lies on the bottom where it sucks up rubbish and gets clogged.

I could complain about all these things but most days and especially xmas my belly was full of food, the weather was fine, the beer was cold and the locals were welcoming. I go to the Eastern Cape for the people, the beaches, the food and the atmosphere. I'll take my holidays sans dog poop on the beaches. When you walk past a piece of trash on the beach please pick it up. It's not just my beach, it's yours too. I will be back exhausted and stressed from the year in December and I will leave again refreshed, sunburnt and pickled in calamari and wine.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

The Home Affairs nightmare is rea...

I do not understand why Home Affairs insist on using a complicated system, for which they do not have the resources.  Read more...

0 comments 3982 views
Submitted by
Muhammed Zahid Jadwat
Jacob Zuma can't escape the might...

The National Prosecution Authority has finally stamped its foot. Jacob Zuma now faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.  Read more...

0 comments 529 views
Submitted by
Fair to all
When are South Africa’s leaders g...

It’s still quite evident that 24 years after democracy the “race card” is still being played and thrown around unabated by our politicians for cheap votes. Read more...

0 comments 541 views
Submitted by
Gearly Florence
My brother died in the Life Esidi...

You could tell that he was not getting any medical attetion and when I fed him with the food that I used buy for him he ate like he had went months without getting food or water. Read more...

0 comments 1689 views
Submitted by
Tiaan Davel
Holding onto my vote while waitin...

With the likes of Tom “the untouchable” Moyane, Shaun “the sheep” Abrahams still at large at SARS and the NPA I am still not convinced that things will get better anytime soon. Read more...

0 comments 938 views
Submitted by
Roger Mayes
Rabada broke the rules, he must a...

No individual must ever be allowed to be greater than the game. Rabada broke the rules, and deserves his punishment. Read more...

0 comments 6396 views


RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2018 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.