I think that this section of the forum is very inspiring....
So I did some thinking too.
(Mods: please feel free to relocate this post if necessary, it probably is in the wrong place)
We are all well aware of problem visitors....I have no doubt that such people break the rules and generally offend other visitors while doing so more than once during their time in the park.
As already exists, people can and should report offenders via the dedicated phone number. As many details as possible should be given. The offenders must then be warned, or fined if possible. This is already in place I think.
I propose the following: If a particular group is reported for bad behaviour, they are issued with a warning on the first occasion or a fine if possible (this all depends on whether it can be proved and how serious the offence is) - This must go into a databse of offenders with wild card numbers, ID numbers etc... if a second complaint is received a final warning and fine if possible is issued. If there is a third complaint about the same group, whether it be in one day(entirely possible) or in 3 years, the entire group of visitors are then banned from all SANParks and banned from having wild cards. Since ID numbers are required to have wild cards...the ID numbers should be kept on a database as well.
Conversely, it is easy to tell which visitors are in good standing with SANParks, firstly, we should be allowed to feel safe in reporting offenders, with the assurance that our details will remain private. Secondly, our names are linked to client codes, a quick check into our client code should reveal how long we have been visiting the parks. The older the client code, the more likely it is that the visitor it corresponds to is a regular visitor with a sincere love for and interest in the wellbeing of the park and their reports should be given more credibilty, though a brand new visitor should not be ignored. Also, it is important that certain checks and balances are in place to ensure that this is not abused. Excessive reporting (what is excessive???
) will have to be weeded out.
I know that there are holes in the ideas but this is a start...I also feel that a publicity campaign ie: publishing notices of recent bannings and fines near every sightings board in the Park would instill respect in some and would embolden the majority of visitors to report transgressions and TAKE BACK OUR PARK!