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Mayor Bobani visits SPCA Uitenhage, hands over 12-month lease extension

Jan 10, 2019
Mayor Bobani visits SPCA Uitenhage, hands over 12-month lease extension

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, on Thursday visited the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) facilities in Uitenhage.

The Mayor was accompanied by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC for Public Health, Yolisa Pali, and met with Attie Erasmus of the SPCA Uitenhage.

"After going around this facility and seeing the work that is done here, I will personally donate 150kgs of dog food for the next 6 months," Bobani said.

"I would like to urge businesses and residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to take care of our lovely animals and donate to this facility as they are under a lot of financial pressure."

Future looked bleak for SPCA Uitenhage

Over the last four months, the SPCA has been under a lot of strain due to a number of administrative challenges between them and the municipality.

This led to closure of some of their facilities and failure to pay staff and service providers.

Last last year, the Executive Mayor inteverned to address the challenges the SPCA was facing.

On Thursday, he also handed over a 12-month lease extension to the SPCA Uitenhage management.

The extension of the lease means it will now be legally possible for the Municipality to pay the SPCA for services rendered and that its operations can continue unhindered.

SPCA Uitenhage plays a role in the community

The SPCA facility receives more than 30 animals every day. Some are not in a healthy condition. The facility is expected to feed them and take care of their wellbeing and provide medical attention.

During the walk-through, Mayor Bobani could see how the SPCA help animals and the kind of accommodation they provide these animals with.

“It is so sad to see that there are so many animals who are abused, neglected and forgotten. They cannot look after themselves and so we must look after them. We as a Metro are committed to ensuring that the SPCA is here for the animals and that they have everything they need to take care of them,” said Mayor Bobani.

Erasmus, Member of the SPCA Governing Body, said; "We here at the SPCA are so grateful for all the effort you have put in to ensure that the administrative challenges were overcome so we could receive funding. It warms my heart to know that the lease has been extended and that we will be able to continue helping these animals in need. 

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