Apologies first… for not writing enough blogs 🙂
From a very fragile start in 2013 as a result of the huge number of horses we had confiscated in 2012, we seem to be back on our feet. I seem to have spent the majority of 2013 trying to raise funds, manage projects, create awareness, and raise yet more funds ! No small thanks to a few very special people who rolled up their sleeves and helped us in so many ways – you know who you are, and we are so grateful.
Our staff shone this year, they have been truly amazing, through some very difficult and often traumatic times at the Unit.
We lost Trevor Mosia, one of our two township inspectors, and we lost Jean Mackay our admin lady, who relocated to Cape Town. Despite 2013 being our busiest year ever, the staff simply picked up the slack and got on with things – very proud of our team.
Solly Motingoe our township projects leader has had a truly awful year, losing his small premature granddaughter and supporting his eldest daughter who suffered a severe stroke during her pregnancy. Yet he maintains his compassion for the animals that he works with – a good man who is a very important part of our team.
Ashley Ness, our inspector, has worked really hard and carried out the majority of inspections this year, as Bobbie had to take over a lot of the book keeping and admin duties, as well as do inspector calls. Ashley sees some awful things during her job, and deals with some very difficult people, but she (mostly) remains calm and keeps smiling.
Bobbie Niederberger has been with us for almost 14 years now, and has moved up from initially being our book keeper and admin person, to stable manager, to inspector, to book keeper and inspector all in one this year! She epitomises the meaning of multi-tasking. We are hoping to take on at least two more inspectors this coming year, and Bobbie will train them to the standard that we have come to expect from our staff – but we will have to get someone else to do the books 🙂
Nadia Saunderson, pictured on the right, has taken over many of my duties as general manager of the Unit, as well as managing and overseeing stables, admin, et al. Nadia is a great asset to the Unit, and has been a shining star in 2013. She will be managing projects in 2014, as well as managing the day to day running of the Unit.
Johann Strydom – our farm manager….. this poor guy puts up with so much nagging and teasing from all of the ladies at the Unit, as well as doing a tremendous job.
Johann has transported so many horses to and from the Unit this year, we are going to try to get him a voyager miles reward 🙂 Lets hope he doesn’t want to go far, as we need him – who else would put up with all the problems that are heaped on him and still smile? He is the special person that we entrust with the humane euthanasia of horses at the Unit and in the field, and when the time comes, there is no one we would rather have with us than Johann.
Betty Molape replaced Trevor Mosia as trainee inspector for township projects this year. She is a qualified Animal Health Technician, she is lovely, and after only a few months has shown us what she is made of – the right stuff…….
Joanne Pursey, pictured right, became our volunteer fundraiser in 2013. She has been an amazing asset to the Unit, and we couldn’t imagine being without her! Joanne is enterprising, hard working, and has the welfare of horses at heart – she is part of our team.
Drs Sam and Karin from Hilltops Veterinary Clinic, for helping us in the townships and at the Unit.
Of course, none of the animals we helped would have received our assistance without YOUR help! We cannot thank you en0ugh. xx