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 Post subject: Go Wild - Arid Parks
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:15 pm 
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Afternoon all,

It has been decided to start this thread to inform you as valued guests to SANParks especially Arid region of what is happening in our parks. This thread would include pictures and reports of events taken place.

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Arid Cultural Event

By Angela B. Isaks (People and Conservation Manager, Arid Region: SANParks)


The 2nd annual Arid Cultural Event, a joint venture of the Northern Cape Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and the South African National Parks (SANParks) Arid Region People and Conservation team, held in September 2011 at the Augrabies Falls National Park, concluded in excellence at the Augrabies Falls National Park during September 2011.

All five park communities were represented by showcasing various forms of cultural heritage items to an appreciative audience of almost 180 community members and representatives of various governmental and non-governmental agencies.

These cultural activities varied from traditional nama dancing by the Assumpta Primary School Dancers and “VAT-MY-HAND DANCERS” from Augrabies, beautiful singing in their original N/u language by 3 young Khomani San Ladies and Ouma Khuna from the Kalahari, poetry by Oom Daisy Afrikaner from Kakamas, traditional bushman dancing by the girl group of the !XUNKWESA Combined School from Platfontein, near Kimberley, vibrant “riel” dancing by the Garies High School boy group representing the Namaqua community, traditional roleplay by the Riemvasmaak adult group and impressive storytelling by the Richtersveld elders.

Various traditional products from each park community including interesting crafts brought by Ms. Maxi Compion and local artists from Keimoes and area also provided extra flair to the occasion. Mr. Gerrit Damarah from the Nama Development Institute of South Africa (Nadisa) emphasized the importance of indigenous languages and the future hereof and Mr. Heinrich Mapanka addressed the crowd on behalf of DEDAT, the main sponsor of this event.

Councillor Ms. Sarah Jacobs, Speaker of the Kai! Garib Municipality delivered a sound keynote address on behalf of the Mayor, and Mr. Kevin Moore: Manager Interpretation and Awareness, conveyed special greetings from SANParks. This event showcased the unique, yet diverse, cultures of the Northern Cape and indeed provided community members with an opportunity to also engage socially.

Herewith the emphasis on heritage tourism within the South African National Parks Week was also highlighted and undoubtedly the outstanding contribution of all participants cemented the success of the day. Programme Director, Ms. Genevieve Maasdorp from DEDAT, in her outstanding execution of directing the programme and her overall support to the project ensured that only positive feedback was conveyed by all present at the end of the proceedings.

The SANParks Arid Region Office herewith salute all participants, guests and especially People and Conservation Officers for their unselfish efforts in ensuring the tremendous success of this event.

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This is really great - sounds like it was amazing, wish I could have been there!!!! Thanks :thumbs_up:

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WELLNESS DAY IN KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK BY YOLANDY MOUTON

During the SANParks – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Healthy Heart Month the Human Resources/Wellness Champion, Yolandy Mouton held talks in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The theme for the days was not only awareness of how to keep your heart healthy but also how to eat healthy and also do different exercises that can fit every individual’s lifestyle. The aim was to encourage all staff members to do exercises and working out a healthy diet for themselves and for their children. To stay away from drugs and alcohol and empower other people in the communities to do exercises and eat healthy. The people need to be empowered in society to strengthen community spirit, feel included and educate on how to live healthy, do the necessary exercises to live longer.
On Monday 19 September 2011 the employees of Mata-Mata participate in the wellness day by doing exercises like soccer and do physical exercises. After the exercises they were exposing to healthy food, fruit and veggies. On Tuesday 20 September 2011 was done on Nossob.
On Thursday and Friday 22-23 September 2011 the employees of Twee-Rivieren was taken to Auchterlonie for the day. When they arrive at the picnic site breakfast was serve for them menu was Muesli with low fat yoghurt and all bran muffins. After the breakfast they have an information session on how to keep you healthy and everyday health tips. What kind of food is not healthy, how to prepare healthy food, what kind of spices are not healthy, also what exercises can you do and for how long can you do these exercises. Part of the session was what a heart attack is and what the causes of an attack are. What kind of fruit and veggies you have to give to children who is still growing and what kind of exercises and food too. After the session they played cricket, volleyball, and rope jumping and touch rugby. After that they were given healthy food like, green salad, boiled eggs, Fruit and veggies sosaties and pro-vitas.
All of the employees enjoy the session and want to do it again and just positive feedback was given.
As a result of this the employees became aware of their health and also their families and to keep up with the good health of the employees I’m arranging for a medical doctor to come and visit the Park and do a check up on all the employees’ health status with their approval.
Also a result of this we are busy arranging for an inter camp day where the camps are going to play against each other. The activities for that day are cricket, rugby, soccer, volleyball and netball.

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Great thread Jannie....thank you. Looks like a load of fun was had by all. It must quite difficult for the staff to obtain fresh fruit and veggies on a regular basis though.

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Nice KG!

What chance does Auchterlonie have of becoming an international cricket venue?

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Arid Region World Environment Week by Angela Isaks

Almost 1000 participants (640 kids and 305 adults) in 3 arid region parks engaged through presentations, puppet theatre and clean-up sessions in commemorating World Environment Week.

In the Augrabies National Park (NP) pre-primary and lower grades were targeted due to the exams and both young and old were excited and captivated by the two animal characters, Bokka (Springbuck) and Kallie (Giraffe).

Namaqua NP also focussed via their puppet theatre on pre-primary schools in the Kamiesberg and the Khai-ma Municipal Region who are normally overlooked. They regarded it as essential to ensure that the environment and the seed of it should be planted at such an early age.

The Richtersveld NP in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) Springbok’s office focussed on climate change and the impact thereof, which was followed by a practical clean-up session along the river. Learners also analysed the types of rubbish collected.

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ARID REGION MANDELA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2011
[Mokala NP: due to P&C Officer resignation; no activities planned also based on staff shortage]


Ai/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park:
• Facecloths and soap donated by the Trans Hex Group Workers were delivered to the physically challenged (disabled persons) in Sanddrift, Kuboes and Lekkersing. Fruit baskets donated by RoyalMnandi were also delivered to the Eksteenfontein community. 24 persons benefitted.

Arid Region Office:
• Distribution of soup, vetkoek and blankets to the homeless community adjacent to the office. Information on conserving nature was also conveyed and they were requested to keep their living conditions healthy and clean. Black bags, which they most welcomed will be provided to them today, in order to start with an operation clean-up, which they are looking forward too.

Augrabies Falls NP:
The focus was on the youngest and eldest in the Augrabies Community.
• The Management Staff of the AFNP each donated R67 or more and also children’s clothes for the Haas Das Pre-Primary school in the Augrabies community, which was started about 4 months ago.
• A puppet show was held in the church hall for the Pre- Primary school and also for the Vat-my-Hand Senior Club members, by the P&C Officer .
• After the puppet show, the donations including clothing, blankets and toiletry items were handed over to the Educator of the Haas Das Pre-primary school.
• After the handing over ceremony, the little ones and the Senior citizens eagerly sang ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst the candles on the two Mandela Birthday cakes were blown out by the youngest and the eldest in the hall.
• Cake was then enjoyed by young and old.



Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:
• Information leaflets were distributed to visitors from the 3 main camps inside the park and to all park staff.
• An Informative display in the info centre at Twee Rivieren was also put up.
• The fuel attendants and staff at reception wore “Mandela Day Badges”.
• 10 bags of donated clothing were handed over to Loubos Primary School
• 100 Mandela Day activity sheets were developed for the pupils of Welkom Primary School to make notes on the highlights of this day.
• The Mier Municipality brought elderly people from Rietfontein, Loubos, Klein- and Groot Mier as well as Andriesvale on a visit to the park and they were also taken on a game drive inside the park.
• Free entry was provided to the group of 20 of which the oldest was a lady of 98. For most of them it was their first visit to the park.

Namaqua NP:
• A birthday party took place in the Hondeklipbaai community with the Elders.
• The pre-primary school in Klipfontein was visited and the school wall was painted with the assistance of the pupils/learners.
• Clothes were then distributed to the learners.

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