Bucks charge at Centurion

The Rooihuiskraal Terrain in Centurion. Photo: Jason Milford

A Centurion resident had the shock of his life when a stray buck ran into his car last month.

Hemrajh Buldeo said this happened as he and his wife were on their way home, travelling along Rooihuiskraal Road.

“Just as we passed the Rooihuiskraal Terrain area, a group of buck jumped across the road and approached our vehicle from the right hand side near the power station,” said Buldeo.

Buldeo said the animals were moving at a high speed and one of them crashed into the right front fender and bumper of his car.

“I managed to pull my vehicle off to the left side of the road. As I got out of my car to see if the animal was injured, the buck got up and began running towards the Rooihuiskraal Terrain entrance.”

Buldeo said the stray bucks were moving too fast for him to take a picture.

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He said he called the Rooihuiskraal Terrain to alert the management and was referred to the resort’s superintendent.

“The superintendent acknowledged the perimeter fence around the Rooihuiskraal Terrain was faulty, saying this had been reported to the metro.”

Buldeo said his understanding was that the metro was aware of the problem and intended to “get rid” of the buck from the resort.

“I was advised to complete a public liability claim form and forward it to the email address provided.”

Buldeo said he also obtained various quotations for the repairs and sent it with the claim form.

“I have since completed the claim form and sent the quotations to the metro the next day. It has been six weeks and nobody from Tshwane municipality has made contact to inspect my vehicle and assess the damages.”

Buldeo said he would like to warn Centurions about the stray bucks in the area after dark.

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Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the Rooihuiskraal Terrain’s fence needed upgrading and the matter was receiving attention.

The metro had advised the claimant twice that the matter was under investigation, he said.

“There is no specific time frame as to when a claim has to be finalised. The process depends on the type and complexity of a particular case,” said Mashigo.

“However, the city always strives to conclude/finalise all the submitted claims as speedily as possible.”

He said there was a budget for the Rooihuiskraal Terrain and extra supervision, supplementary feeding and upgrading of the existing fences would contain the animals.



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