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Project set to tackle rodent infestation in Gauteng

Gauteng municipalities have formed a joint initiative to deal with the problem in parts of the province.

Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng municipalities have formed a joint initiative to deal with a rodent infestation in parts of the province.

The initiative is a partnership between the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and West Rand municipalities.

Authorities says the initiative is a response to residents' complaints about rodents that have invaded their homes and, in some cases, attacked children.

Earlier this year, officials discovered a rodent in Ivory Park which showed traces of plague antibodies.

Nonceba Molwele, the City of Johannesburg's Health and Social Development MMC, says the infestation is bigger than most residents realise and needs a comprehensive approach.

"We need a multi-disciplinary team who will have to work specifically with this problem. All of us came to together and we plan to bring in environmental experts."

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