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Day 34 ( 9th Jan 2016 ) It is my cousin Sharon’s 18th birthday today. We are still waking up when a bunch of vets steam in through this shack and into a smaller one on the other side, where they will all proceed in doing a few surgeries on the local dogs. Most need to be spayed.
The locals are informed that vets are coming and then all bring their animals to Richard’s location or the volunteer vets go out into the townships. There are no local vets here and Port Edward, where my uncle David has his veterinary, is the closest one - 4 hours away. Most locals cannot afford to have their animals spayed and then they are left with puppies that they don't have money to look after either. However they all want to have dogs as guards. The organisation set up to help is called TAWI (Transkei Animal Welfare Institute). R250 (South African Rand), which is about NZ$25, will fully fund one dog to be spayed. There is a website set up and a Facebook page for donations.
We took a drive into Port St Johns town which once was apparently a beautiful little town but has now gone to ruins. Luckily there was still a Spar (supermarket) up and running where we could buy some food for the weekend. When asking a shop assistant were an item of food would be I was meet with blank stares. I believe they could not understand a word I was saying. We got a few stares while being in the store and more driving home as we were the only whites in the town. On the way back we stopped to buy some of the local creations and food such as mielies (corn on the cob) to give them some business so they will be able to buy some food for dinner.
On the way back up the windy dirt road Sharon, Ash and myself were dropped off at the beach to make our way up the coast. We meet a few local kids on the way all working together to carry some bottles. Once back up the hill we lay outside overlooking the hills and absorbing the view around us. We made lunch for all the young kids and locals who had bought their dogs and made icing for Sharon’s cake before lighting candles and she opening up her gifts.
We went down onto the beach for a walk and to watch the sunset before heading out back into Port St Johns to jungle monkey a backpackers which had a bar / restaurant. We had a couple rounds of pool and everyone except me had a few rounds of drinks. That was that and we fell asleep after watching the first couple of minutes in a movie. It was a good full day.
xx Kirsty Claire xx