Speed kills animals too

2015-08-11 06:00

An increase in the number of animals killed near nature reserves have officials calling on motorists to drive more cautiously.

The City of Cape Town implores motorists not to speed after it received more reports of animal killings on roads near the City’s nature reserves.

The City is now installing signs on the most dangerous roads to caution drivers.

The City’s environmental resource management department teams have reported the most killings on Baden Powell Drive between Muizenberg and Macassar, Strandfontein Road between Baden Powell Drive and 5th Avenue, the N2, the M3 between Tokai and Hospital Bend, Clarence Drive and Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Recently a number of animals have also been killed on Ou Kaapse Weg.

Especially kelp gulls are killed on Baden Powell Drive.

“We appeal to motorists to work with us to protect Cape Town’s animal life by driving carefully on roads close to nature reserves,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

“Many of the motorists are not aware that they are driving through these proclaimed nature reserve areas, while at the same time many of the animals are nocturnal, so this makes it difficult for motorists to see the animals at night when they unexpectedly cross the roads. Motorists must adhere to speed restrictions, particularly at night, when our nocturnal animals are most vulnerable. It is incredibly sad that over the past few months there has been an increase in the number of animals killed,” he says.

For more information on the nature reserves visit www.cape­town.­gov.­za/­nature­reserves.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com 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.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
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 24.com 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.