North East District Council (NEDC) has projected a 19 percent increase in dog licenses fees during the forthcoming 2018/19 financial year expected to roar into life the day President Ian Khama relinquishes power. In his 2018/19 recurrent budget speech conveyed to a special full council session recently at Masunga village, the NEDC’s Finance and General Purpose Committee chairperson, Dumani Kelepi said the residents of the northeastern part of the country are generally complying. “An increase of 19 percent in dog licenses fees is expected, as the community (of North East) sensitization is ongoing,” said Kelepi when conveying a budget proposal of P165 751 140 for the financial year 2018/19. Kelepi, who is also the ward councilor for Tatisiding West ward on the Tati East constituency, said the community of the northeasterly part of the country is now coming upfront to license their dogs. It is estimated that the border district of North East has got a dog population of about 10 500 and each dog is charged at least P50, according to lady year’s figures. NEDC is expecting to collect about P525 000, the full council has learnt. Kelepi expressed optimism that the P525 000 collected last year will increase by 19 percent because a number of the resident in the northeastern district are adhering to the byelaws, especially the dog licenses fees.
“There has been a reduction of 72 percent in fines byelaws, as there is compliance amongst the residents,” said Kelepi in his presentation. He said compliance is the result of public education conducted during kgotla meetings and during sessions of taking services to the people. Meanwhile, the NEDC will soon be visiting households to check the number of dogs being kept on properties, said Kelepi. He added that the dog audit will also see council inspecting vaccination records of the pets. “The audit will also help establish the exact population of dogs in the NEDC not estimates that the council has been relying on. Dog breeding at residential premises without council authority is also prohibited,” he said. Residents in various villages in the NEDC have complained about the high number of stray dogs which often cause road traffic accidents. In high density villages, some residents have grumbled over stray dogs spreading litter as they scavenge through rubbish bins.