Ok guys. time to pitch in....
We started a Honorary Rangers region for Kgalagadi a week ago and are just waiting for our paperwork to be finished. We have chosen our management team (committee) and things will hopefully fall in place soon. We are 9 people involved (5 male and 4 female - couples)...okay 5 + 4 does not add up, but one guy's wife could not make it for the meeting we had with Dr Flip van Staden and his team in Tankwa Karoo NPark.
We all reside in Upington and our Chairman (person?) Rudi Beukes is working in the Park fulltime at this stage as he is in charge of the upgrading of the road between Samevloeiing and Melkvlei as well as a section on the TR Mata Mata road. He sleeps at Rooiputs most of the time.
As soon as we have out first meeting (It should be held on a monthly basis) I will discuss this brilliant idea with the rest of the team. We will then have to discuss it with the Park Manager and HR Headoffice, etc and if they approve,
we can launch the project.
In the meantime I think Magazines and newspapers are a super idea and they can be given as presents to these guys.
The hardcover and paperbacks could be handled like in a library, but the only problem is that the HRangers are not always in the park to handle this and we would need to make use of Sanparks personell to do this for us. I don't know if they will be willing to (or could be spared) do this, but it's worth a try.
I am willing to receive all the books in Upington if you want to drop it off with me (I'm a serious bookworm myself) and will channel it onwards when the project is approved.
As soon as I have news in this regards (as well as our approval as HR's) I will let you know.
Who knows. maybe this could be our first project and if I look at all you guys' positive remarks, there is no reason to believe that it would not be successful as well.
Being Afrikaans myself (Obviously) I hope that you can understand my English and I think it would be great if these guys can improve their English (If need be) in order to chat with overseas visitors, etc.
Banna van der Merwe