Duo’s dream job at SPCA

2015-04-30 16:44
Sandile Ndlovu and Njabulo Hlongwane with rescue dogs Clarissa and Cory at the uMngeni SPCA in Howick.
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt

Sandile Ndlovu and Njabulo Hlongwane with rescue dogs Clarissa and Cory at the uMngeni SPCA in Howick. PHOTO: Ian Carbutt

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ANIMAL lovers Sandile Ndlovu and Njabulo Hlongwane finally have their dream jobs - working with animals at the uMngeni SPCA and on their way to becoming qualified SPCA inspectors.

Hlongwane and Ndlovu grew up in Mpophomeni, just outside Howick and both loved animals from a young age.

Ndlovu (22) developed a passion for caring for animals when the non-profit organisation, Funda Nenja, a township dog training initiative, started work in Mpophomeni.

That was four years ago and when Ndlovu heard about the programme, he brought his beloved dog Tiger to the initiative.

“I already knew I loved animals, but through the programme, I learnt I wanted to help animals as well.

“I went to the SPCA and applied for a job last year and when I heard I had got the job, I was so excited.”

He still had Tiger at home, but she was old and he was thinking of adopting a dog from the SPCA to keep his canine company.

Hlongwane (26) also grew up around animals and knew from an early age that he wanted to work with animals. “My family did not have money to send me to college. I wanted to study to become a vet, but this is the next best thing and working at the SPCA is a dream come true.”

Hlongwane worked as a trolley pusher outside the Howick Pick n Pay until someone spotted him and asked the uMngeni SPCA manager Dudu Abrahams to give him a chance.

“They said it was a waste of intelligence and talent to let him continue working as a trolley pusher.

“I am so impressed with Sandile and Njabulo. They have done extremely well and have proved themselves to be hard working and great with our animals.”

Abrahams said the two started training as SPCA inspectors last month and although the course is long, she has no doubt they would pass with flying colours.

Ndlovu and Hlongwane said they were ecstatic they had a job they could be proud of and were confident that this time next year, they would be qualified SPCA inspectors

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