Cape Town – Springbok squad hooker Scarra Ntubeni spent an
anxious day or two on the European tour this weekend wondering about the
welfare of his missing dog back home in Newlands and offering a cash reward to
He was concerned enough to tweet (@skara2ntubeni) on Sunday:
“Guys, anyone find a black pit bull in Newlands area with a white batman spot
on her chest? Please let me know. R10 000 reward.”
The story has a good ending: on Saturday an alert,
considerate Pam Heiberg, who works in the marketing and PTA department of
Rustenberg Girls Junior School in nearby Rondebosch, had found the dog on the
Liesbeek River trail near SA Breweries.
She said in an email to a Newlands residents’ group: “Ran
with her to the Belmont 24-hour vet, but they would only keep her until I went
home to fetch my car.
“We have three dogs and they didn’t get on too well so have
taken her to the SPCA in Grassy Park. I’m sure her owner must be desperate, she
On Monday she provided an update: “Such an awesome story.
The owner is Scarra, he plays hooker for the Stormers and he offered a R10k
reward on Twitter.
“When I was at the SPCA I took pics of the fire that they
had (in their charity shop) last week so I have asked him to give the reward to
“Just love a happy ending.”
Ntubeni is passionate about his dog; she has been spotted
before at Stormers or WP training sessions.
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