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Kgalagadi waterholes- donations needed!

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:44 am

In the past (and probably future), there were lots of queries, complaints, etc regarding the state of the Park's waterholes. The reasons for the state of the waterholes have been addressed in previous posts; many forumites were kind enough to offer donations. The structures were not in place for us to accept donations at that stage; now, however, things are sorted!

At the end of this post is a link, that will connect to a news page with some additional information, as well a a further link to a page whereby donations can be made. I would like to ask everyone (especially the ones who offered previously, as well as everyone who felt the need to criticise!) to please consider assisting us with some financial support- after all, the system was doing well without our intervention, but now that we have interfered, we need to keep on supporting our interference. We wanted to become evolutionary catalysts, and great power carries great responsibility. Any queries can, as always, be forwarded to me personally, or posted on the forum.

The forumites assisted with the Nossob webcam, so I'm sure we can count on your help with this (much more important!) project....

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Needs Your Help!
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Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:52 pm

Please fellow forumites!!! Donate to this worthy project. Funds have been raised in the past for projects like the web-cams at Satara and Nossob, and forumites donated to these projects in a keen way.

But here we have (IMO) a much more worthy case. This is for the well-being of the animals in Kgalagadi. I saw the problems (broken borehole equipment) for myself when I visited during May 2007.

Just follow the instructions on the link provided. I already made my (first) contribution.

Come on guys, let's show we care.
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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:05 pm

Thanks for opening the floor, Stoffel! :clap:

Now, I wish to invite all and sundry to follow suit. All Kgalagadi-ites will know just how hard it is to be without water; every little bit helps
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Unread postby Pikasso » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:54 pm

Is it possible to donate on the spot, as we will be there soon?

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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:05 pm

hi Pikasso
Thanks for the offer, but unfortunately we can only accept donations through the "proper" channel.....
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Unread postby Caracal » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:38 pm

Indeed a worthy cause :clap: ...I will sort out my donatiion when I get back from KTP. :dance:

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Unread postby icurrie » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:09 pm

Thanks KTP Guru! Donation made and I am sure many more will follow! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Unread postby propolis » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:47 pm

Thanks for the link. Donation made and feel much better knowing that this will help the animals in the long run.

Keep up the good work

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Unread postby erfolg22 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:32 am

I think for a project like this its worth to have a detailed report on every waterwhole and the necessary repairs ( may be to start with the waterwholes along the riverbeds), so how much is it to drill a new whole (must be around 90 to 95 meters when my divining - rod is correct in the Nossob area, how much is it to buy a solar pump.....and so on, can we place a board as it is common at the other waterwholes... Franjo
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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:22 am

Hi Franjo

New holes are rarely drilled; when one has gone dry, then there's no use to drill all around it, as the underlying pools are quite large. Too many boreholes will cause sinkholes, as well. Sometimes, a borehole was made at the incorrect position, in which case it will be re-drilled, or a backup will be drilled at a strong/popular hole.

Nossob section's holes range between 50 and 112m....

The big problem we have, is back-up equipment; sand enters the pumps (even through the sand filters), and the brackish water causes crystalline deposits on the diaphragms. The heat and cold, as well as animal activity, perishes the PVC pipes and, along with the wind, damages the solar panels.

All pumps have scheduled repair times, but it often happens that, while one is on repair, 2 or 3 other ones just decide to break as well, and there's only that many back-up pumps. In a good rain year (like 2005-2006), you don't notice it, because there's so much water in the veld itself; however, when it is normal or dry (as it usually is), the effects become very prominent...
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Unread postby Jonkers » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:32 pm

First donation made

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Unread postby bert » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:28 pm

Donated the amount i would have spent on X-mas cards

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Unread postby Pikasso » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:34 am

vahiné and I just gave our little something... hope this will help a little!
And thanks to all the KTP employees who were very nice with us!

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Donations for Kgalagadi Waterholes

Unread postby Santa » Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:48 pm

Hi Everyone,

Fantastic news!!!!!

We have received two donations of R10,000-00 in total towards the Kgalagadi Waterholes project from Neil Preston (Hawk). :clap: This most generous donation brings the oustanding balance on the waterholes right down to R9,490-00!!!!! :dance:

Thank you very much Neil and Dalene!

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Unread postby Jose » Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:58 pm

Oof!! :clap: :dance: :clap: Well done, Hawk & Deebs! Personal hugs to follow in 21 sleeps!! :wink:
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