58 veterans to keep zoo safer

Buffalo City Metro council has approved the deployment of military veterans to safeguard against “illegal activities” at the East London Zoo and Nahoon Marine Estuary until June.

This forms part of the metro’s continued partnership with the national Department of Public Works after the Coastal Protection Services programme was piloted last year.

In the new deal, the metro has increased the number of rangers from 48 to 58 “due to the demand for deployment of rangers in new areas, deployment at the zoo and Nahoon marine estuary”, city manager Andile Sihlahla said in a report tabled in council.

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