Animal lovers are in mourning after two Fisherhaven feral horses were killed in two separate vehicle accidents.
According to Tracey Whitelaw of Rooisand Horse Watch the two accidents happened merely a week apart. On Friday 29 March, Star, a six-year-old mare was hit by a vehicle on the road between Hawston and Fisherhaven.
A week later on Thursday evening a stallion called Streetfighter was killed on the corner of Farm and College Road in Fisherhaven. “Fortunately no-one was seriously injured,” says Whitelaw.
She explains the horses have been part of Fisherhaven for years and have become part of the community. “Many of the residents are still in shock and upset by the tragedy.”
Whitelaw says the incident has given voice to those who think that the horses should be moved out of Fisherhaven. She, however, feels that attention should be placed on making the road safer. “It is something that is sadly lacking in the village and surrounding areas.”
Debi Land from the Fisherhaven Neighbourhood Watch share the same sentiments and told Hermanus Times that they are fighting for road safety for both road users and the horses. Land explains that the road along Fisherhaven and Hawston is quite dark and needs lighting urgently, this was raised at the Ward 8 Committee meeting on Monday 8 April in Hawston.
She adds that traffic calming should also be put in place on the road.
This is also the road that claimed the life of the promising young athlete from Hawston last year. Eucome Ward was killed while out jogging on the road in February 2018.
According to the Overstrand Municipal Manager Coenie Groenewald, Fisherhaven is in general very dark at night time with few street lights. He adds that there are also no pavements for residents to walk on, meaning people are forced to walk in the road.
“In both instances the horses were in the roadway, and the motorists identified the ‘dark objects’ too late.” he says.
Groenewald explains that street lights and sidewalks are listed as ward needs in the draft 2019-20 IDP review. “The draft budget for 2019-20 is now open for written public comment until 30 April, residents are welcome to motivate their needs before the adoption of the budget on 29 May 2019.”
Groenewald says that the speed limit in residential areas such as Fisherhaven is 60 km/h.
The Traffic Department also advises drivers to be aware, drive with caution and to slow down.
Leanne Dryburgh, who is also part of the Rooisand Horse Watch, says they have ordered glow in the dark spray paint, which can be applied to the horses (it is safe for animal use) and will help make the horses more visible at night.
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