uMngeni SPCA Main Street Centre Renovation

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Extensive renovations are currently underway at our Main Street Centre at 39 Main Street in Howick. These renovations have been necessitated due to the roof being condemned because of rotten timbers and rusted corrugated iron sheets.,and are very much needed to restore this very well –loved, well used centre that houses our library, plant nursery and all other activities such as events and fundraisers. Of course, it is also where our staff sews, repairs, cleans and restores all sorts of goods for selling in our retail shops. Our finance department is also housed here.

This beautiful old building, and the one beside it, was bequeathed to us many years ago and it was for us a dream come true. It gave us the means to be able to expand our organization to incorporate a retail division that provides much of the funds that we need to support our kennels and clinic.

Following frequent rather bad leaks and resulting ceiling and wall paint damage during the summer months, a thorough inspection was done by a roofing specialist of the roof – structure to Eastwood House.

The subsequent report contained evidence of a serious state of disrepair, to the extent that it posed a safety risk to our staff, volunteers and customers.

As such, a decision was taken to ‘dip’ into our cash reserves and replace the centre roof structure. This has necessitated the installation of new ceilings and in turn, the re-wiring of the entire electrical installation which was found, much to our dismay, to be totally unacceptable.

In addition, the timber flooring of our much- used Boardroom, which has long since needed attention due to white-ant infestation, is to be replaced with new basic strip-flooring and skirtings.

Owing to the very poor condition of the existing carpeting, coupled with the problem of protecting same during the demolition and erection of a new roof, new carpeting will have to be fitted throughout.

Of course, we were aware that this revamp would cost us a considerable amount of money, but we were caught off guard as to just how badly the problem was, and just how much it was all going to cost!!

We are appealing to the public and to any companies and trusts to please assist us with the costs of this major restoration effort. Some might say it has nothing to do with the animals and therefore might not feel the need to assist us, but, without this uMngeni SPCA ‘home’ of ours, we cannot do what we do – that is, preparing and storing goods to sell in our shops which in turn raises money to look after the animals in our care. We cannot hold functions and fundraising events that also boost our coffers, we cannot sell plants and books and we could not run an efficient organization without the “base” of the centre.

If anyone would like to donate to our costs or find out more about the restoration, please kindly contact us 076 301 4827 or email Tess at

We would so appreciate your support.
Thank you.
Tess Fernandez
Pro/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA


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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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