San­ral spends mil­li­ons on fen­ces

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News -

Ran­dall Ca­ble, en­gi­neer­ing ma­na­ger of o­pe­ra­ti­ons for San­ral, we­stern re­gi­on, ex­plai­ned frank­ly how ex­pen­si­ve it is to con­t­rol the wan­de­ring cows, saying mil­li­ons of rands had al­re­a­dy been spent on me­a­su­res to pre­vent them from get­ting on­to the highway.

“A sig­ni­fi­cant num­ber of fen­ces was da­ma­ged and lost du­ring the re­cent Knys­na fi­res. San­ral is cur­rent­ly re­pla­cing the­se fen­ces, as quick­ly as pos­si­ble. Ho­we­ver, theft of fen­ces is al­so a ma­jor con­cern. The up­keep and main­te­nan­ce of the fen­ces is the du­al re­spon­si­bi­li­ty of San­ral and the lan­do­w­ners of the pro­per­ties ad­ja­cent to the N2. T­he­re ap­pears to be litt­le to no re­spon­si­bi­li­ty ta­ken by the far­mers who own the li­ves­tock.

“In the last two y­e­ars, San­ral has spent o­ver R13-mil­li­on on fen­cing and it is es­ti­ma­ted that a furt­her R2-mil­li­on will be spent on re­pla­cing fi­re-da­ma­ged fen­cing o­ver the next few weeks/mont­hs. In pro­ble­ma­tic a­re­as, s­teel mesh fen­cing has been e­rected at hu­ge ad­di­ti­o­nal cos­ts,” Ca­ble said.

“It should al­so be no­ted that t­he­re are ser­vi­ce ro­ads that le­ad from the farms di­rect­ly on­to the N2, and so­meti­mes li­ves­tock ma­ke their way do­wn the­se ro­ads, e­ven­tu­al­ly en­ding up on the N2. This should be con­trol­led by the far­mers.”

He al­so ad­vi­sed mo­to­ris­ts to be on the look­out for cattle and ot­her a­ni­mals, par­ti­cu­lar­ly whi­le fen­ces are still being re­pla­ced, and to re­du­ce speed w­hen no­ti­cing a­ni­mals in the ro­ad re­ser­ve.

Ple­a­se in­form traf­fic po­li­ce of their lo­ca­ti­on by cal­ling the cen­tra­li­sed com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on cen­t­re for the E­den Dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty on 044-805-5071, San­ral’s rou­ti­ne ro­ad main­te­nan­ce ma­na­ger Jo­han Nel on 082-612-1980, pro­vin­ci­al traf­fic ser­vi­ces on 044-382-5525 or mu­ni­ci­pal traf­fic on 084-085-8148.

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