No funds for East London and King Williams Town SPCA's

BY Cllr Sue Bentley, BCMM Councillor

The Democratic Alliance in Buffalo City condemns the situation that the ANC-led council is largely responsible for, which has led to the financial crisis being experienced by the SPCA’s that fall within their municipal boundary.

It is the responsibility of BCMM to operate large and small animal pounds in their area of jurisdiction, and for the last five years, BCMM has absconded from their duty to run viable small animal pounds. There is no signed agreement with the SPCA and that has resulted in hopelessly inadequate funding towards the running costs of these pounds.

King Williams Town receives R6 300 per month and East London receives R10 000 from BCMM; while the monthly costs are closer to R50 000 and R100 000 respectively.

Buffalo City has continually hidden behind not knowing which directorate is responsible for the running of pounds, and has therefore never followed through with getting an agreement acceptable to both parties in place.

Aggravating the financial situation of both the SPCA’s is the fact that the BCMM has now withdrawn the Grant-in-Aid funding which amounted to approximately R12 000 per annum for each SPCA. In addition, the budget process for the 2016/17 financial year is currently being finalized and no extra finance has been budgeted for the running of the pounds.

The Democratic Alliance has before raised this issue in Council and at portfolio committee level, and has already submitted questions to Council for a meeting scheduled for the 25th of May 2016.

The DA will continue to ensure that the ANC-led municipality considers the health and well-being of animals.

The ANC led BCMM must take responsibility and account in full for the failures and maladministration of finances.

 May 11, 2016
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