Mel Ganess


Mel is our new Kennels Receptionist. She will help you with all your animal calls, booking clinic visits, meeting and greeting and general admin duties. She’s friendly, warm and compassionate.

Dudu Abraham, Operations Manager and qualified Senior Inspector



Dudu has more than 20 years experience in SPCAs and is passionate about the wellbeing of all animals, particularly those in the disadvantaged areas.

Outreach work, particularly sterilisations, has increased enormously since Dudu became Operations Manager.   As a consequence the level of awareness and the overall condition of animals in the poorer communities shows a marked improvement.

Dudu is utterly dedicated to the cause of animal welfare and is a force to be reckoned with if the situation demands it.

Gunter Oellermann, Retail Manager



Gunter’s 40 years retail experience in the formal sector before joining us in February 2007 stand him in very good stead in his position with the uMngeni SPCA.  When Gunter joined us we had one charity shop.   He has expanded and developed this income earning sector of our SPCA to five retail stores.   He now applies his knowledge and expertise to bringing in an ever growing return from these outlets.

Anton Hofman

SPCA Thank You tea28Anton is our Vice Chairman and has years of experience in business. He is a retired Architect and brings to the SPCA his corporate expertise and leadership. He is instrumental in running the uMngeni SPCA with a firm hand, integrity and honesty. His dedication and passion for our cause is inspirational. He chairs the Executive Committee, the Management Committee and is very involved in our 1000 Paws Walk held annually. Anton is a highly valued member of a very dynamic, pro-active SPCA team.

Dr. Tanya Hughes

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Tanya : SPCA Vet.

It was at Dr Hughes’ suggestion and with her guidance that we originally set up our veterinary clinic around ten years ago.   She used to work for us for a couple of hours in the afternoons.   Dr Hughes later moved to a mainly equine practice in the KZN Midlands.  She rejoined us on a full time basis at the beginning of 2011.   Since then our outreach work has increased dramatically with Dr Hughes’ surgical skills and our Operations Manager’s passion for the “underdog”.

Jenny Rooken-Smith

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Jenny is the go to lady on all things books and keeps our library very well stocked and has an incredible knowledge of what books are worth and where they should all be placed in our library. A very lovely lady with a heart of gold

Heather and Ian Somerville

Both husband and wife have been very actively involved in our SPCA for about 20 years, with Heather being Chairman, PRO, Executive Committee member and Events Committee member in the past. She continues to be on the Events Committee and is a dedicated and extremely valued member of our volunteer team. Ian has always assisted us with event set ups and other jobs for many years too.

Claude Edwards

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Executive Committee member

Claude has been a valued committee member for a number of years and continues to help us with his knowledge and expertise

Events Commitee

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Tess Fernandez (middle), PRO for uMngeni SPCA with her Events Committee members – From left to right – Annie Fleishack (back), Renee Karssing (front), Lynne Norton (back), Denise Slatter, Laura Fleishack, Heather Somerville (back), Edith Powell, Sim Richards, Penny Scott – these volunteers are the core of every event, without them, the catering and service and other duties wouldn’t be possible.

Maggie Mkhize

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Kennel Cleaner

Maggie is in charge of cleaning, washing all the animal bedding, and the cooking of the dog food. She is friendly, kind and always willing to lend a hand in any way she can.

Meet the team

Njabula Hlongwane

Njabula HlongwaneNjabula is a Receptionist and a Trainee Inspector. He helps out at the front desk with general office work and assists Jean and Linda when needed. He has been with the uMngeni SPCA for 18 months and is our friendly man who always has a smile on his face when you meet him.

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