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Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

re­spon­si­ble stock own­ers who suf­fer be­cause of the ones who are cav­a­lier. The sit­u­a­tion has be­come crit­i­cal due to pro­longed non-man­age­ment and non-en­force­ment of the law. In brief, plans are ad­vanc­ing to im­ple­ment mea­sures aimed at stop­ping stray live­stock wan­der­ing where they cause dan­ger and dam­age.

Train­ing has taken place for ac­cred­ited brand­ing, tags have been sourced, and the Parks Dept are look­ing at running a database and as­sess­ment of miss­ing or dam­aged fenc­ing. Through proac­tive op­er­a­tions con­trolled by SAPS and Stock Theft Unit, it is in­tended to cap­ture the at­ten­tion of re­luc­tant own­ers and en­gage pos­i­tively so that live­stock are bet­ter cared for and man­aged more sus­tain­ably. Ini­tially ef­forts will be con­cen­trated in ‘west’ Gra­ham­stown.

We are aware of the com­plaints in all other parts of town where veg­etable patches are rou­tinely de­stroyed by un­con­trolled for­ag­ing live­stock. One step at a time.

Re­port­ing faults

It’ll take 10 times the rain we had this week to make a dif- fer­ence to our wa­ter sit­u­a­tion. So please stay vig­i­lant and keep re­port­ing leaks. Steady progress is be­ing made in get­ting Mo­biSAM used as the de­fault re­port­ing mech­a­nism for all man­ner of faults. Ntuthu, our ad­min­is­tra­tor, is help­ing by fol­low­ing up on faults and giv­ing feed­back. Some­times there are tech­ni­cal rea­sons why some com­plaints can­not be re­solved straight­away, and Ntuthu is in daily con­tact to find out the lat­est sit­u­a­tion. She will keep you in­formed so you know what is hap­pen­ing with your re­port.

As a de­fault, please make the ini­tial re­port at www. mo­bisam.net and where that doesn’t get the fault fixed to your sat­is­fac­tion please con­tact our of­fice by email: info@gra­ham­stown­res­i­dentsas­so­ci­a­tion. co. za or ring/ sms/ what­sapp to 078 922 5760. Of­fice hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

We will ex­pand this ser­vice as soon as con­tri­bu­tions al­low. Ev­ery R50 or R100 per month helps us move to­wards a full­time of­fice which is work­ing for the ben­e­fit of all Gra­ham­sto­ni­ans.

Photo: Tim Bull

A man herds cows through town. Well man­aged herds will serve their own­ers and the com­mu­nity bet­ter, the GRA be­lieves.

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