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Contrary to our earlier observations and statement we now have strong evidence to suggest that the potentially fatal Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) initially confined to the De Waal Park area of Cape Town CBD and limited to a tragic isolated incident has regrettably spread to a number of other neighbourhoods in the Southern Suburbs.
The virus is so potent that it is able to be carried and transmitted by unwitting 3rd party vectors on the soles of their shoes or clothing and it is a myth that it is confined to any specific sector of the community. All dogs and puppies are at risk regardless of demographics.
We subsequently urge all pet owners to vaccinate their pets and to be extra vigilant.
There are several affordable and practical bio-security precautionary measures that pet owners can take including dunking the soles of their shoes into a strong bleach solution to disinfect their shoes before entering their property and avoiding walking in areas frequented by potentially infected dogs (especially those areas where dog walkers tend not to pick-up their dogs faeces) until the situation normalises.
Worrying signs to look out for include diarrhoea (gastro type symptoms), listlessness, loss of appetite and lethargy.
Any dog or puppy displaying any of the above negative symptoms or that appears to be “off colour” should be seen by a veterinarian without delay.
An affordable snap-test will quickly confirm whether or not the pet has Parvo Virus.
Pet owners should also be aware that the virus can survive for many months on an infected property and are strongly discouraged from acquiring another dog or puppy for at least 6 months.
In one case brought to our attention yesterday, the distraught owner claims that her dog was fully vaccinated and never left their premises yet it contracted the virus. The dog is currently in Intensive Care fighting for its life at a Pinelands Vet. It is very likely that this unfortunate dog was unwittingly infected by one of the occupants of or visitors to the premises who must have walked in a contaminated area or come into contact with another infected dog.
Last year CPV claimed hundreds of dogs and puppies lives in the Garden Route, Khayelitsha and areas of the Cape Flats and required a Herculean effort to stop it from spreading and claiming more lives. To halt the spread of the virus in the Philippi Horticultural Area the Animal Welfare Society of SA in partnership with Carecube.org vaccinated over 500 vulnerable dogs and puppies owned by Philippi farm labourers and rolled out an educational campaign to educate owners about the necessity to vaccinate their pets. The legacy of this campaign is a massive reduction in the number of preventable dread diseases within the beneficiary community.
We see between 10 and 20 CPV cases every day. This is nothing exceptional. It is the tragic norm.
In almost all of these cases, the owners neglected to vaccinate their pets, had them vaccinated by a dubious person or bought them unvaccinated at a reduced price from unscrupulous breeders.
Heartbreakingly almost all of these pets have to be humanely euthanized to end their pain and suffering.
Anyone thinking of skimping on their pets primary veterinary care and animal husbandry is courting disaster.
– Animal Welfare Society of South Africa
Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike, public urged to help.
Cape Town – The discovery of the invasive guttural toad species on a property near Seascape Road in Noordhoek has set off alarm bells in conservation circles, who fear the invader species might hinder the livelihood of the endangered western leopard toad that is endemic to the area.
Noordhoek is one of the most important traditional breeding areas of the endemic and endangered western leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherinus), a close relative of the more common guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis).
Guttural toads and leopard toads look very similar to the untrained eye, and the identification of eggs and tadpoles (which look almost identical even to professionals) is particularly difficult.
But the City of Cape Town and are urging residents to be on the lookout for the guttural toad nonetheless, in a bit to save the natural habitat and breeding grounds of its more endangered relative.
The main differences between the two species are:
The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, who currently run the guttural control programme in Constantia, will now also focus on the Noordhoek area.
NCC will also work closely with Toad Nuts, a local group formed to protect and save the western leopard toad.
Residents are urged to listen for the distinctive guttural toad call and to report the occurrence immediately by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The City also asks residents never to move any toad, tadpole or eggs between water bodies.
Johan van der Merwe for the environmental affairs of the City of Cape Town says the western leopard toad and guttural toad do not co-exist naturally and “this situation may cause several complications. These may include competition for food, predation, and the introduction of external diseases and pathogens. Hybridisation could also be a potential threat.
“Following this early detection of the guttural toads in Noordhoek, there must be a rapid response by conservation authorities, the Invasive Species Unit and residents. If all the individuals, tadpoles and eggs can be found during this early stage of the invasion, guttural toads can be removed from Noordhoek completely.
“The survival of the endemic western leopard toad depends on access to uninvaded breeding grounds such as Noordhoek. The advance of the guttural toad must, therefore, be stopped before guttural toads become established and form a viable breeding population in Noordhoek,” Van der Merwe says.
It is not just the frogs themselves that can create problems, but the diseases and parasites that accompany the frogs may cause further environmental harm.
Once the invasion of guttural toads into Noordhoek is past the early detection and rapid response stage, control becomes extremely challenging and expensive.
This has already happened in Constantia, where an intensive five-year-old control programme has been unable to stop the spread of guttural toads into Bishopscourt. The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, continues to fight the toad in the area.
Although the guttural toad is indigenous to South Africa, it does not naturally occur in the Western Cape.
Invasive species such as the guttural toad are introduced to areas outside their natural range either deliberately or accidentally. The likely scenario for an accidental introduction is that nursery plants were moved from the area where guttural toads naturally occur to Cape Town. Once they arrived at their new habitat, they reproduced and established the colonies that are now invading many water bodies in Constantia and Bishopscourt.
It could also be the case that well-meaning residents who do not want to harm animals but also don’t want them in their gardens, physically relocate toads to natural areas around the city. This is a highly problematic practice and causes havoc for nature conservation officials.
The most effective method of managing invasive species is to prevent them from being introduced to areas outside their natural distribution range in the first place.
This article has been adapted from traveler24.com, – Louzel Lombard
In the heart of the Constantia Winelands, where vineyards and mountains converge, lies the world-class Norval Foundation, a centre for contemporary African art. Home to a modern bistro, striking sculpture garden and ever-changing exhibitions from international artists, the museum also happens to lie next door to Steenberg Wines, where a host of other exciting pursuits await.
And now, until end-April 2020, the two feted establishments are joining forces to offer a membership deal that is simply too good to pass up – particularly if art and wine are your things.
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Once promulgated in the Provincial Gazette, new municipal bylaw amendments by the City of Cape Town will allow “short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same guest”.
Johette Smuts from PayProp says that while the amendments might mean an increase in rental in an already expensive city centre, the announcement is great news for landlords, and potentially positive for rental agents too.
“Previously, only single residential houses had the right to provide short-term letting (with the correct zoning). Body corporates, HOAs and other governing bodies retained control of short-term letting according to their own rules,” says Smuts.
Longer-term letting options may decrease
While Airbnb believes that this bylaw complements their model and has the ability to boost tourism in Cape Town, it could mean that the number of flats available for longer-term letting will decrease, as landlords can increase their income when focusing on more expensive short-term lettings.
Smuts says that for long-term rentals, a higher rental income means that agents have the ability to earn more commission on each property within their portfolio if the commission percentage stays the same.
“With the new bylaw amendments, some landlords might decide to rather rent their properties out on a short-term basis, without necessarily realising how much work it could be,” says Smuts. She recommends that agents take the opportunity to expand their service offering in response to this, and build on the established relationships they already hold with their landlords.
“Depending on the agent’s proximity to the property, some of the additional services that you’d be able to offer include key-collection and drops during certain times, organising reliable cleaning services, or even just putting out fresh flowers,” says Smuts.
“Even if a landlord decides to leave, always remain professional and deliver outstanding service. If they change their mind, you want their return business, after all!”
The two Snapshots below separate Glencairn and Glencairn Heights to be of greater value to the property owner or the reader.
What Sandra has done is to show the full figures for 2017 and 2018 and the figures for the first ten months of 2019 so we have two months to be added to this.
Sectional Title sales have been excluded from these figures which were sourced from CMAInfo. The date used for the selection was based on registration date in the Deeds Office.
If you would like a valuation please contact Sandra Myburgh on 082 771 9735 or email Sandra
Snake wrangler Steve Meighan’s life is all about the love of snakes.
The Glencairn resident is a certified snake handler and has made it his life’s work to educate people about the reptiles we walk among in the interests of keeping both people and snakes safe.
Steve has been taking a collection of kept snakes to schools across the peninsula to educate kids and has now bought a piece of land in Noordhoek to establish a reptile conservation and education centre.
The land has a river running through it and will provide respite for reptiles while doubling as a place people can visit to learn more and experience reptiles up close.
The Deep South Reptile Rescue Sanctuary is still being built but it’s already home to its first resident, Ninja, a helmeted turtle Steve rescued after its pond dried up. Steve was called out on Sunday November 10 to remove a highly venomous Cape cobra (Naja nivea) from stables in Noordhoek.
“These are the most venomous cobras in Africa, and they are the snake responsible for the most human fatalities,” he says. “Unfortunately for the snake, their habitat is widespread and they come into conflict with humans because our crops and animals attract their favourite food: rodents.”
The Cape cobra is quick to flee but equally quick to strike if threatened, he says. However, in the hands of a professional snake wrangler, it is calm and reluctant to bite.
Never try to remove them yourselves, he warns.
In January, he had a call-out to remove a boomslang (Dispholidus typus). The boomslang is also highly venomous and is haemotoxic.
Steve was able to safely remove this specimen as it digested the bird it had just eaten.
He keeps the snake long enough to check it is healthy, then re-releases it back into the wild.
“Nothing feels as good as giving a healthy snake a second chance,” he says.
His call-outs put him in touch with all kinds of snakes. Herald snakes (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) are harmless to people and are often confused with cobras because when cornered they posture similarly and flatten their heads to look more dangerous.
Recently Steve was able to remove a rhombic egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra) from a local home. This one is all smoke and mirrors: although they use their scales to make a rasping sound, and pretend to bite, they actually don’t have any teeth.
He often sees mole snakes (Pseudaspis cana), which are not a threat to people although their bites can be rather nasty, Steve says.
It is generally people, Steve says, who pose a greater threat to his scaly buddies. Not just by accident or by encroaching on their habitat, but sometimes with cruel intent.
He talks about the rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, where rattlesnakes are captured in vast numbers and then have their mouths sewn shut before being released to be hunted.
“The obvious cruelty aside, it’s those who are not killed in the hunt that die slowly of starvation or thirst in the heat that I think about,” he says.
Steve will be attending the upcoming Cape Town Reptile Expo in Bothasig on December 7 and 8. The expo opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Entry for adults is R50 at the door and kids under 16 pay R20.
“It is the first time that this expo is being held in Cape Town and all the top reptile folk will be there with all the latest knowledge and equipment – not to mention of course – lots of reptiles.”
He says he will exhibit at the expo this year, but there is already talk that it might be held at his sanctuary next year.
Steve has a Facebook group, which shares the name of his sanctuary, and fans post pictures of their own rescues and pet reptiles.
Steve says there are different types of venom, and it’s what some snakes use to help them catch and then digest their food.
“Important for people to know is that snake venom moves through the lymphatic system, not in our bloodstream. This is why tourniquets are no longer used in first aid.”
South Africa has 151 known species of snakes that are technically venomous, but only 16 have venom known to be potent enough to be medically significant, to pose a risk, or be life-threatening to humans.
Snakes considered dangerous to us in South Africa are the boomslang; six species of cobras, of which we only have the Cape cobra in Cape Town; the puff adder; the berg adder; the coral shield cobra, which is not a true cobra and which we get in Cape Town; two species of mambas; the rinkhals, which is also not a true cobra; the gaboon adder and two species of vine snakes, although the latter do not live in Cape Town.
The most common venomous snakes we encounter in Cape Town are the Cape cobra, the puff adder and the boomslang.
Venom, says Steve, can be neurotoxic (nerve destroying) cytotoxic (tissue destroying) haemotoxic (which affects your blood) and myotoxic (which paralyse muscles).
Steve says that in South Africa there are, on average, only 10 deaths a year from snake bites because of better access to medical facilities and broader general knowledge.
This is one of the factors driving his work. Steve has launched a BackaBuddy campaign to help raise the funds for his sanctuary.
Details can be found at www.backabuddy.co.za/steve-meighan For more information, contact Steve at Steve the Venom Man on Facebook or for snake removals call him at 064 681 0779.
Source: Falsebay Echo – Karen Kotze