Media Release: KNP honours rangers for their hard work
In a tribute to the Rangers (the living and those who passed on in their line of duty), the Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Abe Sibiya handed over the trees to the Rangers at the International Ranger Day celebration on Monday, 1 August 2011 at Letaba Camp.
During his keynote address at the event, Sibiya praised the Ranger Corps for their hard work in the bush and for the spirit of unity that they have built-up over many decades. “Rangers are, and will always be, key to our operation as a national park and I thank you for your efforts over the last three years wherein rhino poaching has escalated at an unprecedented rate over the country”, Sibiya said.
Rangers with 30 years and above of service in the park received trees as a tribute on behalf of all KNP Rangers. “These trees symbolize life, good health and your passion for nature. We wish you all these qualities, so please find a proper location to plant and nurture them”, Sibiya added.
Sibiya encouraged the rangers to continue with their efforts in dealing with all sorts of risks associated with conservation. “As Kruger National Park, we have always been known as leaders and a national icon when it comes to conservation management and we would like to stay as such; protecting the integrity of our national parks” Sibiya continued.
The rangers treated the crowd, which included members of the media, senior KNP management, staff members and other guests with their drilling and parade skills; showing their responsibility of the total welfare of the park.
Promotion of benefit sharing with local communities living next to the national parks, co-operation and communication with all stakeholders outside the park and strengthening of the Honorary Rangers’ Junior Ranger related initiatives meant to spread the conservation gospel among future conservationists also formed part of Sibiya’s address.
“Rangers are a very important component of our staff compliment and a cornerstone for our biodiversity conservation efforts. As a manager, my responsibility is to ensure that I support them as best as I can, be it with the necessary tools or advice so that they are better equipped, trained and motivated to deal with all issues out there.” concluded Sibiya.
The KNP is divided into 22 ranger sections, each section managed by a Section Ranger who is assisted by an average of 14 field rangers. Over and above these 22 sections, there are four regions (known as Nxanatseni North, Nxanatseni South, Marula North and Marula South) with four Regional Rangers who are managing a number of these 22 sections.
On daily basis, rangers look after the park by conducting daily patrols, looking out for snares, signs of poaching activity and report on other eventualities such as erosion, alien plants and the total integrity of our environment. Law enforcement and community relations are some of the efforts that also form part of the rangers’ duties.
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or e-mail: email@example.com
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