Swakop SPCA asks for more money

28 September 2020 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected]

“The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA) is doing an immense amount of work and the workload has increased significantly since the outbreak of Covid-19. I think we should reconsider this matter and give the SPCA [additional] financial support,” Swakopmund town councillor Wilfried Groenewald (Swakopmund Ratepayers’ Association, SRA), said during the recent council meeting.

Groenewald made this statement after the Swakopmund SPCA had applied for an increase in the annual grant it receives from the local municipality, which council had rejected.

According to a draft resolution, council has been donating N$80 000 per year to the local SPCA since July 2016. Before that, council donated N$75 000 a year.

“Due to an increase in costs in the daily operations of the SPCA, we ask that council considers increasing this annual contribution to N$100 000,” a request by SPCA chairman Peter Witt in April this year read.

The society’s current operating costs stand at around N$1.1 million per year. This includes salaries, bills for veterinarians, food, cleaning supplies, electricity and water as well as repairs and maintenance work.

“Because of Swakopmund’s growth, we also had to increase the number of kennels to meet demands,” Witt wrote in the request. This project, which should be completed this year, also cost around N$1.1 million.

The only comment on the rejected application was that, “in view of the fact that the SPCA is a non-profit organisation, it was decided to keep the annual donation at N$80 000”.

In addition to its normal operations, the SPCA is also responsible for the housing, deworming and vaccination all dogs that the town animal control officer catches.

Groenewald disagreed with the decision saying that council regularly gives donations to other municipalities, “but now we’re ignoring our own people,” he said, asking that council reconsider this decision.

“An additional N$20 000 is not the end of the world, given the work the SPCA is doing,” he added.

He was joined by Uahimisa Kaapehi (NUDO) and Elifas Khoaseb (UDF). Mayor Nehemia Salomon called for a vote amongst the council members, with five SWAPO members opposing the request.

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