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Residents reminded to make their homes baboon-proof this festive season<p>During the festive season, more waste is generated in residential areas which, if not managed effectively, may attract animals, including baboons.</p><p>Ensuring that baboons do not gain direct access to food by feeding them or indirect access to food in recreational areas from open cars or from inadequate waste management at home plays an essential role in minimising baboon visits to residential areas.</p><p>‘As the City of Cape Town, we need the public to support and work with us to create baboon-free residential areas and achieving this requires the cooperation of every resident,’ said the Manager of the City’s Biodiversity Section, Julia Wood. </p><p><strong>Baboon-proof bins</strong><br>Residents of baboon-affected areas should ensure that they have the prescribed lockable two-pin baboon-proof bins.</p><p>The City of Cape Town provides lockable bins to residents in baboon-prone areas on request. Residents can request these baboon-proof bins or a replacement if theirs is broken.</p><p>The municipality will require your nine-digit municipal rates account number and you must ensure that you receive the 10-digit C3 notification number as a reference for this request.<br> <br>All residents who already have baboon-proof bins can padlock their bins to better secure them from baboon raids. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be able to empty the bin even with the padlocks in place. </p><p>Residents are urged to purchase two strong padlocks to properly secure their bins, thereby removing one of the greatest temptations in residential areas from the baboons.</p><p>Residents who do not have a baboon-proof wheelie bin should please contact the City's Call Centre on <a>0860 103 089</a>, their local municipal office, or call <a>021 400 5576</a>. Alternatively, they can email <a href="mailto:Lizel.September@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Lizel.September@capetown.gov.za</a> or <a href="mailto:Chantel.Erlank@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Chantel.Erlank@capetown.gov.za</a></p><p>Top 10 tips to reduce baboon raids:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Note the collection times of the recycling truck service to make sure that your residential waste is only put out near the time of collection to avoid waste piling up in the neighbourhood</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ensure that you use a baboon-proof bin that has locks on the latches</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Warn neighbours when baboons are in the vicinity</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Report the presence of any baboons in the suburbs – or any incident with baboons – to the Baboon Reporting Helpline on 071 588 6540</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Install burglar bars (with gaps smaller than 8 cm, including the sides and tops of the bars) on windows that you usually keep open</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">If your property does not have burglar bars or security doors installed, then keep all doors locked and windows closed when baboons are in the vicinity</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never leave food on display inside the house (e.g. a bowl of fruit on a window sill or kitchen table)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never leave pet food out or feed pets outside a house</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Never put seed out for wild birds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fruit trees, vegetable gardens and compost heaps are not recommended, unless they are in a locked caged area or surrounded by electric fencing</div></li></ul><p> <strong>Tourism</strong><br>Tour operators, their clients and tourists are requested to please interact with baboons responsibly.</p><p>Never exit your car to photograph or view baboons from close range. This is for your own safety and theirs. Ensure that all vehicle doors and windows are closed and locked.</p><p> <strong>The law</strong><br>‘The City would like to remind the public that baboons are a protected species in the Western Cape, in terms of the CapeNature Conservation Laws Amendment Act, 2000, Ordinance 19 of 1974. </p><p>‘The law also states that it is illegal to feed baboons; to poison, trap, hurt or kill a baboon by driving with the intent to kill; to hunt by shooting at baboons using a pellet gun, catapult, bow and arrow, by stoning, setting your dog on them, or using a weapon of any kind in order to injure a baboon; or to keep a baboon in captivity without a permit. </p><p>‘All such offences are punishable by law and carry stiff penalties. Residents are encouraged to report any tip-offs regarding transgressions, or any other baboon-related incidents, to the Baboon Helpline,’ said Ms Wood. </p><p>Any baboon-related incidents can be reported to the Baboon Reporting Helpline on <a>071 588 6540</a>. </p><p> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-12-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6b416521-7711-4f0e-b13d-569a55bdbb2c;L0|#06b416521-7711-4f0e-b13d-569a55bdbb2c|waste management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ab3a029b-64b4-42d5-b7eb-9bb4ec1f2b6b;L0|#0ab3a029b-64b4-42d5-b7eb-9bb4ec1f2b6b|Environmental Resource Management1

 

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