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