Stray stock of con­cern – EMLM

The Rep - - COUNTRY WATCH -

The Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) was do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to man­age the prob­lem of stray live­stock on roads in the area.

EMLM spokesper­son Fundile Feket­shane, re­act­ing to re­peated re­ports of stray an­i­mals near the Ez­i­be­leni turnoff on the road to Ca­cadu and Dor­drecht – and the sight­ing of cows run­ning on the N6 in Komani this week – said the is­sue of stray an­i­mals was not only a prob­lem in the mu­nic­i­pal area, but in the coun­try as a whole.

“There are var­i­ous stake­hold­ers that are in­volved in this mat­ter and as soon as every­one plays their part, this could yield pos­i­tive re­sults.”

He said stray live­stock caused ac­ci­dents and of­ten led to the loss of life.

“Road gov­er­nance is every­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and the sooner the own­ers of live­stock guard them, the bet­ter.”

He said scores of live­stock had been con­fis­cated and auc­tioned over the past few months, while re­lated fa­tal­i­ties on the roads had also been re­ported.

“We call upon own­ers to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and to keep their live­stock in the fenced and pro­tected ar­eas.”

He said the trans­port depart­ment had made their trucks avail­able to as­sist un­til re­cent break-downs were re­ported. The trucks were, how­ever, be­ing fixed “so that they as­sist in re­mov­ing these an­i­mals”.

Feket­shane said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ap­pre­ci­ated the depart­ment’s help and called on all stake­hold­ers to pro­mote road safety.

“We ap­peal to driv­ers to be on the look-out, es­pe­cially in the evenings as we are try­ing all these ef­forts to man­age the sit­u­a­tion.” – Rep reporter

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

ON THE ROAM AGAIN: A cow wan­ders on the road near the Ez­i­be­leni turn-off

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