Clem Kadima 11259044 Beng Chemical Team leader
Ryno Blom 11074834 Beng Chemical Equipment manager
Andrew Sakyi 11123436 Beng Chemical Time keeper
Neil Fagan 11023997 Beng Chemical Transportation manager
SPCA, which stands for Special People Caring for Animals, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to animal welfare. For more information about the institution and its mission, please visit the following link: http://www.spcapta.co.za/index.php?page=index
The following picture shows the students at SPCA
Contact details of SPCA Centurion branch:
Physical address: Kruger Avenue, Lyttelton, 0140
Postal address: PO BOX 14106, Lyttelton, 0140
Tel: 012 664 5644/5
Fax: 012 664 4661
Facebook : Tshawne SPCA
Twitter : Tshawne SPCA
The following map gives the location of SPCA in Centurion.
At the SPCA, the group renovated some badly worn out and rusted animal cages by removing the rust and applying two coats of paint. A need for animal food was noticed, thus the group decided to donate some food.
The following picture shows the animal cages before the renovation.
The group arranged a meeting with the Centurion SPCA manager to discuss about their specific need. The group was taken on a tour of the facility and the cages that needed restoration were highlighted. The manager specifically requested that cages in row D (in the above picture) were in dire need of restoration.
The group discussed what was needed to accomplish the task at hand and the financial manager (Andrew Sakyi) and the equipment manager (Ryno Blom) co-ordinated a most efficient strategy to fall within the allocated budget and estimated completion time.
The group had to follow the necessary procedures to arrange the transportation for the duration of the project. Firstly, the group discussed the most convenient time period to carry out the project and then had to arrange the availability of booking a Universtity of Pretoria car with the lecturer.
Secondly, the equipment needed for the project had to be purchased, however this seemingly simple task turned out to be quite challenging as the group had to drive from one hardware store to the next to look for the spesific items required. At the end of the day the group managed to procure the following:
Time management was one of the main concerns as we underestimated the amount of work required to complete the project as a whole and all the smaller tasks.
Financial management needed to be closely controlled and managed due to the expensive costs involved in the purchasing of the paint and other accessories.
Safety and security was also very important as we were fully aware of all the dangers involved in doing the project such as accidents on our way to the SPCA or paint spilling in someone's eyes.
Role division and management was all devided equally and accepted by the group.
After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that it was an awesome project that we would most definately repeat. We also look forward to visiting again and helping out in future. We all developed a profound sense of affection towards animals.
Day 1: 9 July - Rust
We arrived at the SPCA at 8:30 sharp. We had our group discussion on the tasks for the day and preparations had to be made to start the work.
We moved the dogs from the cages and emptied the various dog accessories from the cages before preparations could be made for the rust to be removed.
At the beginning of the day we were all confident that we would already be able to paint by lunch time, however we most definitely underestimated the amount of work. Each group member eagerly grabbed a steel brush and sand paper to start removing the rust from the cages. The group was split into teams namely the door scrubberz (consisting of Neil and Clem) and the fence scrubberz (consisting of Ryno and Andrew). The door scrubberz were tasked to remove the rust from the fence and roof and the fence scrubberz were in charge of removing the rust from the inner fence and the doors.
The following pictures show the rust being removed by the group members.
The picture above shows Neil unrusting the roof
The picture above shows the fence scrubberz ( Ryno in blue and Andrew in White)
The picture above shows Clem unrusting the roof cages.
At the end of the day we only managed to remove all the rust from the cages and clean out all the dirt and pieces of rust using brooms and water from the hose pipe.
Day 2: 10 July- Metal Primer
Again we had our group discussion for the day's work.
We started by laying sheets of newspaper on the concrete floors in the dog cages and placed bricks on top of them to keep them in place, therefore minimizing direct contact of the paint with the floor.
We applied a thin coat of the Metal Primer on the cages and fences before the final coat could be applied. At the end of the day we left the place as clean as possible by cleaning each paint brush, gathering all the equipment amd removing all the unnecessary items.
The following pictures show the application of the Metal Primer.
Day 3-4: 11-12 July - Final coat
Firstly we carried on applying the Metal Primer to surfaces that had not yet been painted before applying the final coat.
The final coat needed to be applied very meticulously in order to prevent the paint from running, to cover all the metal Primer and to leave a good surface finish. The final coat of paint stayed wet for longer than the primer, and we needed to be careful not too damage the work done.
Again we cleaned the brushes and paint trays.
The following pictures show the application of the final coat
Day 5 : 13 July - Clean mess
We applied finishing touches to the paint and made sure there were no open spots.
We applied turpentine and water to all the spots of paint and used the steel brushes to scrub it clean!
The group saw the need to provide dog and cat food, and thus made donations.
The picture below shows the group standing in front of the renovated cages of animals.
At the beginning, I was unhappy about the choice of the project as I preferred an intellectual work such as teaching a science. I thought that painting required little knowledge and was completely a manual work. I was wrong as I came to realise that every manual work needed a prerequired knowledge in order to practise it. It was my first time ever to paint and I had to learn about it. This project enriched my knowledge about painting, such as the use of a metal primer before applying the final coat, the rusting of metals,etc... and changed my attitude towards manual work.
Moreover the project made me realise the importance of animals in a society, as Mahatma Ghandi said:'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'. In other words, animals are the gauge of human morality. I am grateful and content to have taken this module and helped animals at the SPCA centurion branch.
It was a really great experience that I had at the SPCA and to be able to give back to the community was rewarding. This project has showed me that there is a great need for help and animal food at all SPCA’s. As being a person who absolutely loves animals (I have a German shepherd, 3 cats and a bearded dragon) I was very willing for the project, but once we started working and seeing how the dogs and cats crave attention and love was extremely depressing. I even considered adopting another cat, but having so many animals already I hoped (and knew) that the cat would find another loving home.
I am grateful that there are still projects like these to give back to the community, and I want to give as much back to the community as possible in the future. Thank you!!!
“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals.” Anonymous
The JCP module has really broadened my perspective and created a desire for community service in the future. I really enjoyed the act of putting the needs of the less fortunate before my own and a profound admiration for the truly inspiring work done by the management team at the SPCA in Centurion was realized. As an animal lover was truly heart-broken and shocked to see how many innocent and loving animals were up for adoption at the SPCA in Centurion.
I really underestimated the amount of strenuous work required to remove the rust from what seemed a small number of cages. I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to spend my time painting cages, I preferred a more hands on approach such as taking the dogs for walks or helping with the daily chores, but soon realized that I was working towards improving the living conditions of the animals. The project truly opened my mind and enriched my life though selfless giving and charity and thus I will continue to dedicate as much of my free time as possible to do my part for the communities in need. I enjoyed the interaction with fellow classmates and engineers and I think we all learnt to be open to everyone’s views and we were all open to the different ideas and suggestions that were made throughout the project. The interaction with animals is always a rewarding and enriching experience and this project proved no different as we all enjoyed our daily interaction with all the different animals. I never really realized that the SPCA was in such a dire need for donations especially food and I think that more people should be informed and action should be taken to rectify the shortage.
In the words of Martin Bube: “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
It was a wonderful experience, I had lots of fun. Actually this project taught me how to show love to animals. Initially, I was not an animal person, but now I can confidently say I have developed some sense of affection towards animals. It really is amazing how, animals can make you get in touch with your emotions. Initially, I always thought of dogs as savage creatures, very wild and unfriendly, but that was until this project started. Wild as they can be, they also are lovely and very dependent. They have this tendency of approaching you, anytime you come around them. Its also amazing, how many breeds of dogs there are, I could only mention a few breeds earlier, but during our project I encountered numerous breeds, some of which are not even from South Africa. Dogs were not the only animals i had an encounter with, we saw cats, birds etc. But I must say I was greatly impressed by dogs, they indeed are amazing little creatures.