I will ask again, EVERYONE, even our friends from the green forum to put your personal prejudices aside in the fight against poaching. We cannot let our feelings over the new developments interfere with the survival of a species!
Glad to hear we are still friends!
WTM, unfortunately it is hard to not let personal feelings show when it comes to the survival of a species. I am not happy with the news, nor do I want to use it to beat Dr Mabunda with, I just feel that the current management of Sanparks leaves a lot to be desired and could do with a big shake-up - just MY opinion.
Flutterby.. I realise that it is an emotional topic and all.
I would just like to also point out that it is easy for us to sit and demand action.
But remember that KNP is larger than the country of Israel. Israel is protected by one of the most advanced airforces and armies int he world.
KNP has 500 - 600 rangers protecting it. With vast teritory comes massive logistical issues. It is the nature of how things work in Kruger. Not only for poaching but also for everything else.
I was there today to deliver some much needed equipment to Frikkie Rossouw and Bruce Lesley and Ken Maggs at the airwing and anti poaching wings. I am in the priviledged position to see what happens on the floor. I wish that everyone could see the dedication of those people.
I have no doubt that Mr. Mabunda's dedication is the same.
I have 50 people working in my own building. I gaurantee you there are more than 5 corrupt ones there.
To expect Mr. Mabunda to know all the corrupt people in a place the size of KNP is a task not he or anyone else will EVER be able to fullfill.
So having said that I understand that it is hard to read all of this. But massive efforts are being made to counter this issue. That I can gaurantee you.
It will probably hit the news tomorrow or so but it appears that one of the guys that are not striking was trampled by buffalo this morning.
Dedication of the top order if you ask me.
The question is... What is our dedication to this problem. What are we doing. If you need to do something contact any of the mods for the Virtual honorary rangers banking details. 100% gauranteed and audited your donations will go to where it matters most. - ON THE GROUND WHERE THE HARD YARDS ARE DONE.