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Here is some interesting reading for you.
Please forward the relative details to KNPSM and let him handle it. You will not be disappointed.....:wink:

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I think we've got to take responsibility and report the bad ones, but also take the time to send compliments to the employers of the good ones. It doesn't help to only critise the bad ones teke time to let Sanparks management know who is doing a good job as well :wink:

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When a driver of a company is complimented, please note the vehicle registration number. I have had compliments and wanted to reward the driver, but had more than one vehicle in the area and it took a while before the driver admitted he was the gentleman was that went out of his way to assist the tourists that were in trouble.

The issue of smaller names on the vehicles (I do not use any on my vehicles) can have many reasons. I doubt that hiding would be the main reason as any vehicle can be identified by the reg. No.

My main reason is that branded vehicles are seen by the criminals and as tourists usualy have money makes the vehicle a target.

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Just back from a morning drive around - and while at Mpondo Dam a vehicle from a lodge just north of Afsaal (no name, but you know the one I mean!!!) cheekily pulled his vehicle right in front of me so I would have to reverse to get out. I actually had to move right up to the windscreen to peer over the bonnet to get his number. He did not see me do this because he got out of the vehicle and disappeared leaving his passengers watching the water. Probably a call of nature - but still totally unacceptable. I reported him to the Kruger emergency number and was thanked for doing so! (Incredibly had just minutes before reported a vehicle with 2 folk sitting on the roof which drive in that way and then drove off again still with them sitting there)

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Dooispanne road, 5 April 2008 afternoon. The driver did nothing to control his passengers... but then neither did any of the drivers in other cars on the site either.
And this definitely scared the lions off!
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That is certainly a spectacle to behold. :shock:

I am quite surprised at the Tinga vehicle transgressions as when we stayed there in Feb, our ranger, not the guy in the 1 picture BTW, gave us a little talk before we set off on our drives and one of them was definitely about not standing up or protruding from the vehicle at any time, plus all the other rules and regulations, so they are aware of them. :?
But I agree they should all be fined heavily, only way to get the message across.

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I heard that someone had pinned a picture of a SFO vehicle breaking the rules (by allowing people on the roof of the vehicle) up on the notice board at Orpen gate with a suitable caption , it apparently caused the company owner sufficient embarrasment that he specially sent an employee quite some distance to remove it off the sightings board .
Would that not be a good method of controlling aberrant behaviour ?

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Osv Operator vows to follow the rules

Very good news 8)

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Terrific news :dance:
They deserve a round of applause :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Wel done Thompson tours. :clap: :clap: I hope that includes no radio comms for sightings!

It should not be difficult for KNP to 'arrange' for the others to do the same.

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I have to say that during our 8 days in KNP we saw no sign of bad behaviour, only good. The only slight negative was a group of noisy jeep jockeys at Afsaal but I guess they need to unwind a bit after a long drive.

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Sorry - but I find this very disappointing!!!!!

It is an acknowledgement that they regularly break the rules. And surely they should be pledging to obey ALL the rules ALL the time from now on - not just for one week.

It seems to be nothing more than a gimmick.

I agree that by this they acknowledge that they have been breaking the rules.

I do however think the first paragraph is missing some punctuation marks or the construction is not that good which might give the impression that they are only going to obey the rules for one week.

It should be (condensed): Thompson's Indaba Safaris this week (Monday, 11 August 2008) presented a framed pledge to ....

Well at least how I see the article after reading the opening paragraph a couple of times. If I'm not correct about how I see the sentence I do agree that spending money on a framed pledge for a week of obeying rules is a gimmick, not all to unfamiliar in our times.

Maybe the language boffs can clear up the "confusion" :hmz:

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Well it is already breaking down!!!!! One of their vehicles (CFL267MP) parked diagonally across the road just near the green bridge on the Lower Sabie road at an elephant sighting at midday today. I have a photograph of him (unfortunately not with number plate as it was obscured by the spare wheel - also illegal!).

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This will go on until you impound their vehicles & leave the guests stranded. The guests will then sue & put them out of bussiness. :twisted: But seriously, the guests don't know the guides are doing wrong. Guests at the gate should also get a leaflet letting them know whats cookin'.

And their rediculous radio talk.......... :tongue:

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I emailed Thomsons, and they say that they will investigate. They hired in vehicles from another company that day and this was one of the hired vehicles....... I will post their reply if and when I get any further information.

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