Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Constituency Head: Alexandra
It is clear the City of Johannesburg’s Owl Plan is not helping to rid Alexandra of the area’s rat infestation.
Reports today which suggest that the owls are being decapitated by residents out of fear indicate that the city is out of touch with the needs of its people.
Clearly, the city failed to consult the people of Alex regarding this infestation or even investigate the true extent of the problem.
There is no empirical evidence to suggest that owls have been successful in curbing the area’s rat population, yet the city forged ahead with this project at a cost of at least R2.5 million.
We can only tackle this issue effectively when we know exactly what we are dealing with.
As such, the DA in Alex has embarked on an extensive door-to-door campaign to determine the true extent of the problem.
We have also received information regarding an experimental programme from the USA which uses high frequency radio waves to inhibit the breeding patterns of rats and is proving successful.
Using owls to combat the problem will simply not do enough to significantly reduce high breeding rates.
The city needs to conduct a proper investigation into the extent of this problem and look into alternative methods of control if we are to effectively tackle this infestation.