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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:15 pm

Let me give it a try...

Who was the 1st and the 2nd rangers appointed by Kol Stevenson-Hamilton?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:44 pm

Kaapsedraai :) were they Captain E. G. Gray and Rupert Atmore?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:56 pm

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:06 pm

Seems to be a relative easy one :hmz:

To assist Kol Stevenson Hamilton in his duties, the new Warden started appointing the first game rangers Captain E. G. (Gaza) Gray and Rupert Atmore.
They only lasted for a few months and they were replaced with Harry Wolhuter (August 1902) and Thomas Duke (December 1902).

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:58 am

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:04 pm

Thanks, Grantmissy it is your turn. :)
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:03 am

Ok :) :thumbs_up:

When did Commercial Airways started a daily service form JHB to Skukuza?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:07 pm

COMAIR started commercial flights to Skukuza on 1 February 1969 with DC 3 (Dakota aircraft) doing approximately 20 flights per month. The agreement with COMAIR was to conduct tours throuh the park and block reservation for the airline's passengers.

The service by COMAIR also included the delivery of air mail bags. Capt. Mc Farlane was the pilot of the flight transporting the first mail bag which was delivered to the Skukuza Postmaster Mr. Venter in 1969.

I remember my father telling me the wonderful experience of travelling in the slow but faithful Dakota, hearing the familiar drone while seeing the landscape pass down below and then the excitement of the pilot announcing that seat-belts have to be tightened as the approach to Skukuza airfield would commence in a few minutes . . . .
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby bert » Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:37 pm

Any idea how many years Comair flew out to skukuza?

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:16 pm

BA COMAIR was established on 27 October 1996.

The franchise route of amongst others to SKUKUZA was sold to SA Express on 1 November 1997.

If my sums are correct starting on 1 February 1969 and selling of the route on 1 November 1997 then equates to 28 years and 9 months or exactly 10500 days. :)
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:41 pm

:) The date is correct :thumbs_up: but the year was:

"On 1 February 1972 Commercial Airways commenced a daily air service from Johannesburg's Rand Airport to Skukuza" (source: Wikipedia)
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:01 pm

I do not think Wikipedia is correct this time.

COMAIR applied to the Board in for a scheduled air service which was turned down by the Board in September 1968, they reapplied soon after and an agreement was reached due to the fact that COMAIR had a scheduled flight to Phalaborwa and had launched publicity campaigns to the benefit of the Kruger National Park.

My father definitely flew to Skukuza in the COMAIR Dakota late 1970.

The referred to post bag service also commenced late 1969.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:43 pm

Thank you for sharing your knowledge Gmlsmit the history of the Kruger is very interesting :thumbs_up: Who is next :D
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:35 pm

Another easy one - who was Charlie?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:45 pm

Could this be the remarkable and wonderful Baba Charlie Nkuna, Gmlsmit ?
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