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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:25 am

Lynn van Rooyen for those who are unaware is an ex-SANP employee mostly doing his duties as a ranger in Kruger.
He was also the unfortunate man to shoot on of the magnificent 7 members, Kambaku, after a festering bullet wound anchored him eventually.

Hats off to Lynn for helping in making yet another dream come true. :clap:
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Unread postby ndloti » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:19 am

Good to see that some rangers are still involved in conservation , albeit that they would probably prefer to still be in KNP ?
Any news of people like Ted Witfield , Dave Chapman , and any others ?
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:09 am

When I am in the area, I love to visit the Rabelais hut.

There are pictures of the early Orpen Gate and early rangers hanging on the walls. I like to stop and think of what it must have been like in those early days, when all they had was a dream. The oppostition from hunters and farmers was extreme. Were it not for Stevenson-Hamilton's tenacity, Kruger would not be here.

I like to look at the picture of Eileen Orpan, a true benefactor and a woman of incredible generosity. It was the Orpan family's passion about conservation that gave the "kick start" to many of the early founders aspirations.

I admire people who dream and who try against all odds to make that a reality. The early founders were such people.
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Unread postby oddesy » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:21 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:I wish that I could have met Stevenson-Hamilton. Maybe I would have found him pushy and difficult :hmz: . I just know that few would have managed what he managed.


Agree MM. It would have been amazing to meet him!

I honestly think that every ranger who goes out into the bush every day -- esp those doing anti-poaching patrols -- are heroes and deserve both our respect and support


Could not agree more :clap: :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Boorgatspook » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:17 pm



A special Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to 79-year-old Sergeant Charlie Nkuna who spent 41 years as an employee at the Kruger National Park and still continued for 3 years after his retirement to serve as a research assistant at the Scientific Services section. “Baba Charlie”, who was involved in many key projects including the apprehension of poachers during his uninterrupted service at KNP, received this honour to a rousing standing ovation.

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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:45 pm

Mods, I'm sure there is some relevant thread somewhere!? :redface:

This episode took place at Mpondo Dam.



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There were two impala trapped in the mud, and the rangers had a bit of a conference before stripping and doing the deed!

Didn't say what happened to the second one...

pics courtesy of Ms June Nicholas, around 1991! (CUSTOS)

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Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:18 pm

Another tribute to Sergeant Charlie Nkuna.

This son of Ranger Merriman Nkuna, patrolled the Pretoriuskop area with Ranger Henry Wolhuter, together with Helfas Mangane as well as Helfas Nkuna, during Wolhuters duty in the area between 1950 and 1959, and thereafter with many other Rangers. The trio mentioned were indeed the nemesis of many poachers.

This remarkable man is very well informed about the history of the Kruger National Park. It is him who indicated the grave of Chief Mataffin who had been murdered by the Swazis in 1890s, on 12 November 1985 on the western bank of the Imagoroti Creek.

The Nkuna family were for many generations involved in the Conservation of our heritage. There are 12 names recorded with the 'NKUNA"surname as Rangers who served with honour in this noble task.

Sergeant Charlie Mokoena I salute you. :clap: :clap: :clap:

How I would love to talk to you and record some of your knowledge.

Your tracks and your legacy will remain in the Kruger Park forever.
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Unread postby ndloti » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:24 am

These veterans will be missed - I understand that the eductional requirement to be appointed is matric , now todays candidates who have grown up in the settlements and towns have relatively little bush experience and historical knowledge , a lot of info will be lost due to the passage of time and modernisation of their lifestyle .
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Unread postby AjayB » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:42 pm

Hear hear...Hats off to Sergeant Charlie Nkuna. What a rich life to live in so many ways. And great that the recognition was given by SANParks too. :clap:

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Unread postby Pangolin2u » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:57 pm

Having worked in the Kruger myself, as did my wife, we often wondered what happened to the 80's and 90's staff. The legends that books were written about - where are they now and what are they doing now.

And their children - how many of them are today employed in Kruger, carrying on the tradition and creating their own and new legends?

People like Sollie Joubert, Lynn van Rooyen, Tom Yssel, Louis Olivier, Johan van Graan, Bruce Bryden, Anthony Hall-Martin, Mike English, Vossie de Vos - and so the list can continue.

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Unread postby weesy » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:00 pm

Stand to be corrected but im sure Louis Olivier is still at Letaba, im good friends with his daughter. Nice topic

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:03 pm

It would be good to know, Pangolin.

Sadly, we know that Bruce Brydon passed away a couple of months ago. :cry:

His son, Robbie, continues to inspire in his father's tradition. When on my last trail, the trailists had only the greatest praise for Robbie Brydon.
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Unread postby Roger the Dodger » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:38 am

Hi there,

If the Mike English is the guy who played rugby for the UP THE BOKS and Western Province, he obviously moved to Cape Town, but sadly passed on some years ago.

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Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:05 am

Sollie Joubert was working as ecological consultant to a private ranch in Zimbabwe and living in Naboomspruit. He was external examinor on my MSc. His son Dusty works at the same ranch. I'll send you a PM with the ranches contact details, they will be able to give you Dr Joubert's contact details.
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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:54 am

Steven Whitfield, ranger and pilot based in the Tshokwane area is following in his Dad's footsteps. :D
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