Cart Horse Protection Association - Western Cape, Cape Town Non-Profit Organisation Registration Number: 005-761

Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930000749

Established: 1995

Kindly contact Cart Horse Protection Association directly for banking details.
contact personMegan White telephone0215353435
mobile cellphone fax0215353434
street address92 Bofors Circle, Epping 2, Cape Town postal addressP O Box 846, Eppindust, 7475
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To formalise and regulate the carting industry on the Cape Flats where the horse and cart as a means of generating an income can be promoted and further income generation projects identified which are beneficial to the welfare of the working cart horse and a lucrative employment opportunity for the owner.

Cart Horse Protection Association aims to protect the working cart horse from abuse by developing a culture of responsibility, accountability and ownership amongst cart horse owners and through service provision, support, education and training, to demonstrate the economic importance of maintaining the health of a working horse so as to decrease the dependency of the carting community on welfare.

The Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA) is a non-profit organization that provides static and mobile clinic services, support, education and training to under developed communities living on the Cape Flats who use horses and carts to collect scrap metal as a means of generating an income for themselves and their families. CHPA is sensitive to the social-economic problems endemic in the cart horse owning communities and aims to:

- Prevent the suffering of the working cart horse caused by ignorance, neglect and abuse
- Contribute to the alleviation of poverty by offering subsidised services to the cart horse owners which, considerably reduces the running cost of the working cart horse thus allowing for a higher take-home income for the operator and through proper care and maintenance extends the working life of the cart horse.
- Build capacity within the cart horse owning community by providing skills development and training, thus empowering them to care for their cart horses independently of the CHPA.
- Assist in the development of the carting industry into a lucrative sustainable means of income generation through regulation.

- Fans on stands
- Mondi Rotatrim 80gram photocopy paper
- Pentel MaxiFlo Whiteboard markers
- Parrot Whiteboard Liquid Cleaner
- Parrot Whiteboard Cleaner (duster)
- Indoor pot plants
- Second hand tack
- Virbac microchip scanner
- Steel mesh safety cages for gas cylinders
- Writable & Re-writable CD's
- Hammerfast Boltless 4-tray shelving unit (available from Builders Warehouse)
- Plastic crates 35x40x15cm, black (available from Plastics for Africa)
- RoughTote black plastic storage containers
- 4 x Window Blinds - 120cm across x 104cm down
- Cupboard for Shower 100cm across x 45cm wide x 85cm high
- Navy blue felt notice board (approx. 1mx1m)
- 2 x towel rail
- 2 x toilet roll holder
- 2 x soap holder
- Stationery: pens, paper clips, Post-it's, staples etc.
- Exhibition material - design skills and production
- File dividers
- Photographer to take high resolution pictures of our work for exhibition material.
- Driver to collect donated goods and deliver it to the Clinic and Training Centre.
- Prizes for our Golf Day to be held on 18 October 2007.
- Office cleaning supplies: Mr Min, One Step, Sunlight, Windolene, etc.
- Hand soap and hand towels
- Bales of Lucerne (if you are able to donate this, delivery to the Clinic Site must be included as we do not have the resources to collect)
- Digital camera (high resolution)
- Wall Maps of Northern & Southern Suburbs and Cape Flats needed to plot where cart horses are working and living.
- Safe: SABS Catergory 1 Grading


The above pictures are of a horse taken in by CHPA on 20 November 2008 at the request of the owner who is no longer able to feed his horse or earn a living.Impact of the declining price and possible tax of scrap metal in the Cape Town Working Cart Horse Industry.

Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA) is a non profit equine welfare organization dedicated to the regulation of an informal scrap industry using horses for income generation.

As we are all aware; Scrap metal prices continually change in relation to the world�s supply and demand for scrap metal. The economic growth and major construction booms throughout developing countries resulted in the residual impact on informal scrap collecting businesses in Cape Town, South Africa - who do not have reserves to sustain themselves during difficult times � to be somewhat dramatic. The collection of scrap metal is not only a world wide phenomenon it is a way of life and means of income generation for millions impoverished South Africans.

The above pictures are of a horse taken in by CHPA on 20 November 2008 at the request of the owner who is no longer able to feed his horse or earn a living. During July 2008 it became apparent to CHPA, owners and operators of horse driven carts that the scrap metal industry was in decline. The threat of this was duly noted and higher subsidization by the Association was discussed. During October and November 2008 the carting industry began to experience a major inability to earn an income to not only feed and shoe the horses needed to pull the scrap but support the horse owner�s family.

With over 400 horses working on the roads daily, 159 horse owners, 200 employed operators and extended family beneficiaries totaling nearly 6000, the carting industry plays an important role in providing legitimate employment and income generation for impoverished and indigent individuals living on the Cape Flats.

In the latter half of November 2008, the repercussions of declining metal prices resulted in an entire industry being brought to its knees. Although duly noted that most sectors of business are affected by the global financial and economic regression, some industries are able to batten down the hatches and wait until things improve. In the carting industry this is not possible as horses still have to be fed, shod and cared for regardless of whether they are able to earn a living or not.

On 26 November 2008, CHPA must provide funds to purchase feed in order to support the cart horse industry through the next six months at a cost of approximately One Hundred Thousand Rand in order to stop animals suffering from starvation.

Not only is CHPA an equine animal welfare organization and therefore has a duty to ensure the welfare standards of the animals in the industry is upheld; it also has an obligation to support the constitutional right of every South African to have the opportunity to �better� his or her life through a sustainable method of living all be it working with a horse and a cart.

Without the opportunity to earn an income through small enterprises like the carting industry, not only will families suffer, but the crime rate will increase dramatically as other activities are sourced to make money.