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 Post subject: Thatching materials and tree trunks
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:22 am 
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The typical Kruger buildings all have thatched roofs. At face value a lot of thatching grass is needed to do repairs, maintenance, for new roofs etc. Does anyone know whether all the grass for thatching the roofs and the tree trunks/poles and other materials used for the stoeps and roofs are harvested and treated in Kruger or is it obtained from outside the Park?

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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:49 pm 
No idea.

Most of the timber looks to be Leadwood so it may be possible that it is from inside the park.

I wonder what the parks stand on this would be. Do they allow plant material to be taken into the park? Other from firewood.


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I would guess that the thatch is obtained from outside Kruger (Job creation and involving the communities next to Kruger springs to mind) With regards to the roof poles, it is normally treated pine poles but the tree trunks supporting the verandas are sourced from inside, albeit on a limited scale. The idea is to leave the park as pristine as possible without interfering too much, inter alia, collecting wood from the veld.

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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:26 pm 
Thanx Rooies. I agree about the thatch and the poles. I actually meant the trunks when I spoke about the timber.


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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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Thanks Rooies and Joao. I also thought that the thatching grass could not only be from inside Kruger as probably a lot is needed on an annual basis in my opinion. It is also interesting from a historical perspective as the riempies used in the thatched roofs in the older Punda Maria and Shingwedzi huts probably came from animal hide sourced from the area. Those huts are full of historical atmosphere to me and may they be preserved for many years to come :thumbs_up: .

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I also think the thatch is sourced from outside as when they were doing the new conference centre in Skukuza we saw truck loads of thatch coming in through Kruger gate and along the H11.
But having said that we have also seen workers cutting the thatching grass in Kruger as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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Rooies wrote:
I would guess that the thatch is obtained from outside Kruger (Job creation and involving the communities next to Kruger springs to mind)

This summer we passed the Thatch Harvesting Project 2011 as shown in the following photos:

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Hence thatch harvesting occurs in Kruger and it was welcome since the height of the thatch along the road made seeing anything off road very difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:58 am 
Now this is the sort of evidence that speak for itself.


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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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tletter wrote:
This summer we passed the Thatch Harvesting Project 2011 as shown in the following photos:


Thanks for the information tletter :thumbs_up: I think in paticular the Pretoriuskop area the thatching grass may be abundant at certain times of the year. I am pleased if jobs are/can be created for communities surrounding Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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Hi Grantmissy

Here is a reply for you from Kruger:

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• Thatch harvesting in the Park takes place during the late winter until the first rains.
• The number of thatch bundles harvested inside the Park depends on the early summer rains and availability.
• Additional thatch to supplement our own harvest is also purchased; mostly from sources as close to the Park as possible to reduce travelling costs and to provide benefits to surrounding communities.
• All the treated poles that we use in the Park are procured from outside the Park.

Hope this clarifies Grantmissy’s enquiry.

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Laura Mukwevho
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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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Thank you Dinkybird and Laura, it is appreciated :thumbs_up:. I wish I could now be under the coolness of that Kruger thatch which has that very distinct smell …

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 Post subject: Re: Thatching materials and tree trunks
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I have read on social media that cargo trucks travelled though the Kruger. Are these cargo trucks delivering the poles for the Kruger rondawels and cottages/other buildings that are procured from outside the Park?.

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