Corporate Governance

Council Owned Animals Permanently Tatooed for Ease of Identification

Even though the city has not experienced animal theft for many years. It still abides by the Animals Identification Act rules, which requires all council owned animals to be tattooed for identification.

Jaco Burger from the city’s parks and cemeteries demonstrated to the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment Resources Cllr Makhosazana Mabaso on how they put the permanent marker on the animals for ease of identity.

Jaco and his team easily grabbed a female cow applied the skin disinfectant, then put on a black ink then tattoo the animals on their right ear using  the ear tattoo applicator bearing the COE print and then apply ink again to numb the pain.

“As a city, we are fortunate that we have not experienced animal theft or loss in any of our facilities due to our tight security measures in all our nature reserves. We are conducting this exercise as we are mandated by law to do so,” said MMC Mabaso.

The process of marking the animals with the permanent tattoo is only applied on council owned domesticated animals such as goats, sheep and cattle.