Working towards a Chain Free Sea Vista!

St Francis Animal Rescue Working towards a Chain Free Sea Vista!

St Francis Animal Rescue has been successfully unchaining tethered dogs in our local township of Sea Vista since December 2019 and, to date, we have set 48 dogs free.

st Francis Animal Rescue building fences to unchain dogs

Most people think chaining is done out of cruelty, but there are practical reasons why owners chain dogs.  The dog may be aggressive with other dogs and even humans, or it may be a repeat escapee and the owner is trying to keep it from wandering.  The most common reason for dogs to be kept on a chain is because the property is unfenced and close to a busy road where the dog may be hurt if it gets out.

Dog chained in Sea VistaSadly, most owners are unaware of the physical and psychological damage caused to a naturally friendly and docile dog over time. The animal can become neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive. Dog’s necks become raw and painful and we’ve seen collars or chains grow into the skin. Chained dogs are vulnerable to parasites, insects, extreme weather, other dogs and children who throw stones and taunt them.

Worse of all, in our experience, a tethered dog becomes invisible to the family and suffers from irregular feeding, lack of water and shelter.

When our volunteers find a dog on a chain, we have an honest discussion with the owner and explain the damage done to the animal by keeping it tethered. Once the owner understands that chaining must end, we discuss practical options. We offer the owner a fence around his property to confine his dog safely within his yard. In return, we ask that the owner cleans the yard and disposes of all accumulated rubbish. Then, with his permission, we sterilize his dog and start building a fence too high for the animal to jump over. 

At the end of this process, together with the owner, we celebrate removing the chain from the dog and giving it to St Francis Animal Rescue with a promise the dog will never be chained again,.

When we can afford it, we donate a kennel, blankets, drinking bowls, food and a collar and leash – and encourage the dog owner to take the animal for regular walks so that he is exercised.

It must be admitted that this work is not easy. There are often debates and arguments during the process. Some people refuse to sterilize their dog until they learn that this is a non-negotiable part of the process and, unless the dog is neutered or spayed, fencing does not commence.

Ultimately, however, we are able, through education and assistance, to change the practice of chaining and instil in our community that a chained dog is a dangerous dog not only to strangers, but also to his owner.

There is no greater joy than that of releasing a dog from a chain and watching him run free enjoying his independence and, at last, living the life of a normal, happy dog.  The rewards of this work re priceless.

 

A finished fence for St Francis Animal Rescue

A Salute to Successful Kouga Women

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WOMEN from different walks of life will be sharing their achievements and the challenges they have faced in the past with the broader Kouga community this August.

“August is Women’s Month, which makes it the ideal time to showcase the role women, of all races and ages, have been playing towards the achievements and success of Kouga Municipality,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“It is an opportunity to remind women just how strong they really are and to encourage them to believe in themselves and to support one another.”

The programme will feature four women, all employees at Kouga Municipality, who will be interviewed by Oasis FM Station Manager, André Swartz, every Thursday at 07:15 in August.

The interview will be broadcast on Oasis FM 89.8 and will also be streamed live on the Facebook Pages of Kouga Municipality and Oasis FM.

Elvina Felix, Office Administrator for the Office of the Mayor, will open the programme on Thursday, August 5. She will share her journey as a single teenage mother, and how she has overcome many obstacles to be a successful businesswoman today – with a daughter who boasts a diploma in analytical chemistry.

The next week, August 12, the spotlight will turn to Lana Makoba, who puts her life on the line everyday to keep residents safe.

Librarian Nombuyiselo Gonya will take to the spotlight on August 19.

She will be followed by an interview on August 29 with former litter-picker Nokufika Mvundla, who has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the municipality. She passed her test to operate a tractor loader backhoe, commonly known as a TLB, in May last year and are now handling one of these yellow giants for the municipality’s Waste and Environmental Management section.

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases

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THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

Active Covid-19 cases totalled 212 on July 26 according to the latest report from the Department of Health. On July 22, there was 197 active COVID-19 cases in the region.

There are three COVID-19 patients (none oxygenated) at the Isivivana Hospital in Humansdorp, and two COVID-19 patients (two oxygenated) at the Humansdorp Hospital.

Some 154 residents have died.

The breakdown per town, as at July 26, was Jeffreys Bay (85), Humansdorp (85), Patensie (16), St Francis Bay (10), Loerie (7), Hankey (6), Thornhill (3), Andrieskraal (0), and Oyster Bay (0).

The hot spots are Arcadia (7), Aston Bay (2), C-Place (5), Gill Marcus (15), Graslaagte (1), Hankey (6), Humansdorp (15), Humansdorp Town (26), Jeffreys Bay (2), Jeffreys Bay Central (54), Johnson’s Ridge (1), Kruisfontein (12), KwanomZamo (6), Loerie (7), Paradise Beach (1), Patensie (16), Pellsrus (9), St Francis Bay (10), Thornhill (3), Vaaldam (1), and Waveccrest (12).

The cumulative total stood at 6 492, including, 6 126 recoveries.

Covid stats Kouga region

Do Not Close Fire Hydrants

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Kouga residents are urged to not close open fire hydrants.

Once a water pipe has been repaired, these hydrants must be opened to let the air out of the system. If the hydrant is not opened, the air column can damage the pipeline as the valves are opened and the pipeline starts to fill with water.

We are grateful that residents are mindful and vigilant on the issue of saving water.

Concerned residents can report open fire hydrants at Kouga Municipality’s Call Centre at 042 200 200 (option 5) during office hours or at 042 291 0250 after hours, as well as through Kouga’s Link App.

The Link App is available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at https://download.linkapp.co.za/#dl, from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Upon registration the App will request permission to access your location – this is important, be sure to accept.

To link to your ward, click on “+ and Add Channels”. Select the blue municipal ward icon, allow the app to geo-locate you and link to your ward as displayed.

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Additional boreholes to help counter drought effects

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TEN viable boreholes will be connected in areas worse affected by the drought to help mitigate the effect of the prolonged drought.

This after one more borehole at Jeugkamp in Humansdorp was connected to the existing water treatment works earlier this month.

The drilling of exploratory boreholes is also being considered, as well as desalination. Kouga Municipality is, furthermore, looking for additional water sources across the region – including at Die Berg in Humansdorp.

According to Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, the municipality is in the process to connect three additional boreholes at St Francis Bay, while four existing boreholes in Humansdorp and three boreholes in Hankey will also be connected. This in a bid to help counter the drought effects in the region.

“While residents of St Francis Bay currently use 2 616kl of water per day on average, the three boreholes will add an additional 1 000kl of water per day to the current groundwater supply of 259kl per day,” said Hendricks.

He said that the average water consumption in Hankey is 1 635kl per day, of which 810kl are borehole water. “The new boreholes will add an additional 510kl of water per day – giving a total of 1 320kl of water per day.

“Once connected, the four boreholes in Humansdorp will supply 400kl of water per day.”

Hendricks, however, warned that even the boreholes can run dry when water tables decline.

“As part of our efforts to manage water usage, municipal taps are turned off at public open spaces, all municipal buildings will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks, and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that the restricted allocation of 50l of water per person per day is adhered to,” said Hendricks.

“Saving water starts with all of us. Let us work together and reduce our water consumption.”

Drought Disaster Funding

Two funding applications to the tune of R151.228 million for drought-relief, submitted by the municipality, have been fully approved by National Treasury in October 2018 – securing extra water for the drought-stricken region.

The funding included R58.7 million for groundwater exploration and R92.5 million for water conservation and demand management.

More than 40 exploratory boreholes were drilled and tested, with a total of 15viable boreholes connected across the region. This includes Jeffreys Bay (4), Humansdorp (1), Hankey (2), Patensie (2), St Francis Bay (1), and Oyster Bay 5).

The Water Treatment Works at Jeffreys Bay was also upgraded at a cost of R35 million to improve the treatment of borehole water. The water storage capacity at Humansdorp was, furthermore, increased to cater for extra groundwater.

According to Hendricks, the water conservation and demand management projects focused on minimising water losses through leaks. “Old reticulation systems were replaced in Hankey, Patensie, Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

“Leaks at 1 878 houses in disadvantaged areas were repaired, while extra bulk meters were installed to improve water monitoring. Furthermore, over 15 200 domestic water meters were audited and replaced where necessary.

“Leak detection were also completed in eight areas.”