A handfull of volunteers assisted in a project housing over 100 cats. Photo supplied

Roodepoort’s cuddly cats with a hundred lives


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A group of volunteers assisted in a project that helps to better the living conditions of a cat shelter managed by feline lover, Gerda du Plessis, on Saturday, 5 August.

Du Plessis has been managing the Roodepoort-based cat homestead from her smallholding for the past fourteen years, taking care of more than a hundred cats.

According to her, the majority of the cats were mainly throwaways from the community.

“The majority of these cats are dropped off by people around Bela-Bela, claiming they can no longer afford to look after them. I do not believe in saying no to a homeless animal, and always take them in,” she said.

However, due to financial challenges, du Plessis said that she could afford to look after these animals.

“I live alone and look after the cats myself. It is not always affordable to feed so many cats, and keeping their enclosures clean, as I have a full-time job as well,” she said.

Fortunately, du Plessis’s plea for help was heard by two local organizations, which opted to assist.

Project Feline was started by Limpopo Crime Intervention (LCI) from Bela-Bela, and aims to encourage members of the community to volunteer their time at the shelter.

‘We heard of Du Plessis problem and opted to assist,” said the organization’s provincial head, Ettienne Khun.

Another well-known organization, Change for Bela-Bela, assisted in the project, too.

“The facility was in a very bad state and in urgent need of a clean-up. It was no easy task to complete but everybody pushed through until the very end,” said the organization’s founder NJ van Heerden.

Despite the help received, he noted concern over the lack of community involvement. 

9 months ago       10 August 2017