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Phoenix cows given marching orders
​One of the many cows that have caused residents
of Phoenix to feel uneasy.

WARD 51 residents will be pleased to know that their concerns regarding the roaming cows in Phoenix will soon be a thing of the past. For the past 10 months, residents were met with unwelcome guests in front of their homes, on main roads and were subjected to foul odours, flybreeding, cow ticks, stream pollution, faeces and traffic obstructions.

A complaint was made to the Speakers Office and was then cascaded to the Environmental Health and Phoenix Area Based Management (ABM) units. Santosh Maharaj, Manager at the Environmental Health Unit explained the health risks associated with these animals grazing in the vicinity of residents. “Escherichia coli and salmonella are probably two of the bestknown illnesses caused by
bacteria.

These diseases, in addition to another called campylobacter, commonly spread from cattle to humans through contact with faeces, listeriosis and rabies are all common deadly viral diseases transmitted to humans by a variety of animals, including cattle, through saliva or animal bites.” “Other illnesses that can be transferred to humans from cows include the fungal ringworm disease, a skin infection that causes crusty, itchy patches on the skin.” Anitha Govender, Project Co-ordinator from the ABM office said that the cows were sent to Phoenix because of the vast amount of green grass. 

She explained the steps takento curb this challenge: “We have contacted some of the owners and the issue was discussed. It was well received and the owners understood that their animals are causing havoc. They have assured us that they will not be sending their cattle into the residential areas of Phoenix.” Govender added that they are in the process of tracing other owners of the cattle. “Once all owners have been notified and if this still persists, the Municipality’s Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places By-Law and Public Health By-law will be enforced.” 

romita.hanuman@durban.gov.za 

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