Municipality to tackle stray farm animals on the roads

Mr Ken Robertson.

The Mbombela Local Municipality (MLM) announced during its ordinary council meeting on June 30 that it would play a facilitation role in addressing the matter, as it had no impounding facilities or by-laws governing free-ranging animals.

The town’s municipal councillor, Mr Ken Robertson, has been requesting action on the matter for months, arguing that they posed a safety risk to motorists.

Executive mayor, Cllr Sibusiso Mathonsi said during the meeting that MLM was embarking on a benchmarking process to find funding for the project and employees.

But he noted that various other stakeholders had a role to play in addressing this problem.

While it was mostly populated around the Hazyview area, the cooperation of the provincial Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environment

Affairs as well as Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, the Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders and the SPCA was needed, Mathonsi said.

Robertson said MLM’s animal control had three vacant funded positions, and the filling of these should be prioritised. “We should give priority to financing the technical department and the rest would follow.”

Speaker Ms Jesta Sidell ruled that a progress report on the matter should be presented to council during its next sitting.

Mireille de Villiers

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