I definately agree with the suggestions in this thread. To achieve the enforcement of abiding by rules, one needs a combination of two things, education and enforcement/policing.
Ecojunkies suggestion here would fit into the education part, which I feel will go a long way to achieve what we all want. However a few problems arise, namely:
- In order for one to use offenders in videos/photos one needs to get their permission for it to be published in a public domain. Look at Leon Shuster for example, all people that appeared in his pranks on tv/movie gave permission to be included.
I think this can be achieved by only including images/videos of people who have been fined. As part of signing for acknowledgement of the fine, the people would sign acknowledging that their images would be used in an educational campaign.
- Without adequate enforcement of the rules, people will continue to break them, no matter how educated they are. As it is now, there are not enough Rangers to police this, and Im not saying more should be hired. They do an amazing job already. I feel that some of them are overworked and have possibly lost that love for their work, as suggested in the Leopard death thread, where there were Sanparks vehicles present who did nothing. You will say that there is already a community enforcement plan in place, that of us taking photos/videos and reporting it to the emergency line, but lets be honest, most of the time the perpetrators laugh at you when you say something and often include a few choice words about your mother...etc, and also the follow up from the authorities may only take a while.
What I suggest be done is that together with volunteers who will be setting up the video, members of the public, who go to the park regularly, go on a small course or something to train them in rule enforcement. After completing the course and obtaining a lisence, one can qualify as a type of honorary ranger, that can hand out spot fines and have access to authorities straight away. The rules will have to be very stringent, ie person protruding R 200 fine, driving of the road R 500 fine, etc. Even foreign visitors who visit once a year can participate, as long as they are certified. I can think of a number of forumites here that would do an amazing job at it.
I know this sounds quite hectic, and im sure some will disagree, but as I said earlier, without enforcement, education wont work. I feel that this is the only way we can increase enforcement, because if we encourage more rangers to be hired, costs of the park would go up, and then the cost to go to the park would go up. With a volunteer force, it would be done for free.
How do you feel about this?
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