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 Post subject: Re: Go Wild - Arid Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:26 am 
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Catholic Institute for Education and Lovelife visits.
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Die Augrabies Waterval Nasionale Park was gedurende Oktober betrokke met programme vir twee interessante groepbesoeke aan die Park naamlik deur, LoveLife en die Catholic Institute for Education.
LoveLife beywer hulle om jeugdiges op te lei in die voorkoming van Vigs en om hulle te help om nuwe vaardighede aan te leer en blootstelling te gee aan beroepsgeleenthede, veral in die natuur wetenskapsrigtings. Die opgeleide jeugdiges bied dan die programme aan in hulle gemeenskappe en veral in skole. Die LoveLife groep het bestaan uit 18 Jeugdiges en drie Opleidingsbeamptes en dit was die eerste keer dat hulle die Core 2 opleiding in die Augrabies Waterval Nasionale Park aangebied het vir die jeugdiges uit die Siyanda streek. Die groep is in twee verdeel met hulle aankoms en toe vir die volgende twee aande het elke groep ‘n beurt gekry om ‘n tipe oorlewings- aktiwiteit deur te maak. Tydens die aktiwiteit moes hulle self die tente dra vir die groep en gaan opslaan op ‘n aangewese plek in die veld, hulle eie kos maak, vuur maak met net een vuurhoutjie en hulle het beurte gekry om wag te staan deur die nag. Die Mens- en Bewaringsafdeling van die Park het ook ‘n verskeidenheid van aktiwiteite aangebied wat die volgende ingesluit het: inligting sessie oor park ekologie, vroegoggend begeleide stap van die Dassie roete en ‘n sessie oor beroeps- geleenthede in SANparke. Tydens die week het een van die LoveLife opleidingsbeamptes ook ‘n opleidingsessie aangebied vir die Werk vir Water (WVW)span as deel van die Weedbuster Week vieringe. Die WVW span is tans besig met ‘n kontrak binne die Park om alle Prosopis spesies en ander indringerspesies te verwyder.
Na die LoveLife besoek het die Catholic Institute for Education (CIE) aan die beurt gekom. Die groep het bestaan uit 18 skoolhoofde en afgevaardiges van die Katolieke skole in die Noordkaap streek. Die CIE het ‘n werkswinkel gehou in die Park in samewerking met SANParke sodat die skoolhoofde regstreeks kon sien en ervaar hoe die visie en missie van SANParke in die Parke geimplementeer word. Die doel van die werkswinkel sou dan wees dat die skoolhoofde dan hul skole se visies verbeter en meer doeltreffend sou kon gaan implementeer. Die werkswinkel het geskied onder leiding van Me. Anne Baker (CIE), Mnre. T. Mokoena en I. Makwaeba albei van SANParke Hoofkantoor. Die parkbestuur het ook bygedra met insette van die Toerisme afdeling in die park deur Me. L. Smith en ‘n inset oor kringlope in die natuur en ‘n begeleide stap na Spiespunt )’n uitkykpunt) deur Me. C. du Plessis van die Mens- en Bewaringsafdeling in die park.
Dit is vir die SANParke opwindend om deel te kan wees en ‘n positiewe bydra te kan lewer tydens sulke opbouende opleidingsgeleenthede.
Christine du Plessis , Augrabies Waterval Nasionale Park

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Arid Region’s Excellent Performers for 2010/11

The 5th Annual Arid Region Awards Function as forerunner to the National Kudu Awards was held at the “Kliphuis” in the Richtersveld National Park.

This annual highlight was preceded by various site visits and excursions in the park followed by a spectacular evening of “wining and dining” in true Richtersveld style. The key focus at this gala event was to appraise all top achievers in the region for ensuring effective and outstanding service in the 5 nationals parks during the 2010/11 financial year.

After a process of nominations submitted by all parks, the following colleagues came out tops:

• Bettie Renoster: Receptionist, Mosu Lodge: Mokala
• Caroline Phillips: Housekeeping, Tourism: Augrabies
• Dupel Erasmus: Tourism: Kgalagadi
• Elanza Van Lente: Tourism: Namaqua
• Frans Van Rooyen: Finance & Administration: Arid Region
• Henriette Engelbrecht: Marketing and Communications: Arid Region
• Ike Molosi: Technical Services: Mokala
• Lizelle Saaiman: Park's Reception and Tourism: Augrabies
• Norman Links: Technical Services, Richtersveld
• Priscilla Magerman: Best Constituency Builder, People and Conservation: Namaqua
• Yolandy Mouton: Human Resources, Administration & Finances: Kgalagadi


Awards for excellent performance in the following categories went out as follows:
- BEST RECEPTION/ENTRANCE GATE OF THE YEAR: Tweerivieren Entrance Gate, Kgalagadi;
- BEST REST CAMP OF THE YEAR Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi;
- BEST PARK OF THE YEAR Kgalagadi.

Herewith much congratulations and appreciation to all for always willing to walk the extra mile. All nominations have been submitted for adjudication for the Kudu National Awards which will be concluded with later in this month.

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KGALAGADI TSAMMA AWARDS:
By Henriette Ferreira (P&C Officer Kgalagadi)

On the evening of 19 November 2011, excitement was in the air. Between the red Kalahari dunes the staff members of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gathered to attend the year end Tsamma Awards function. This year’s theme was a masked function and everybody attended wearing their best clothing and matching masks, a very colourful sight against a cloudy background.

Congratulations to the following staff members who were awarded trophies for the year 2011:
Camp General Worker of the Year: Willem Titus
Hut attendant of the Year: Sina Steenkamp
Wilderness Camp General Worker of the Year: Jacques Moss
Reception Tourism Assistant of the Year: Jan Neels and Chanelle Barends
Duty Manager of the Year: George Pearson
Manager of the Year: Riaan Franken
Field Ranger of the Year: Rudy Mouton
Field Guide of the Year: Melissa du Toit
Camp of the Year: Kalahari Tented Camp
Excellent Service - Technical : Technical Department Kgalagadi
Excellent Service - Nature Conservation : Twee-Rivieren Veldwagters
Excellent Service – Admin : Sorina van der Walt
Excellent Service – Tourism : George Pearson
Service Years – 5 Years : R Franken, LPJ Esterhuizen, CJ Esterhuizen, GJC Bezuidenhout, EE Davids, S Ben and AH Vilander
Service Years – 15 Years : HH Heyns
Service Years – 20 Years : SC Bezuidenhout

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Local initiatives at Augrabies

The People and Conservation Division in cooperation with Ms. Maxi Compion of the “Quiver Tree, Food and Wine Route” staged an exciting local tourism initiative at the Augrabies Falls National Park. Local Fuel Attendants accompanied by tourism officials from the adjacent towns, Keimoes and Kakamas, representatives of the Orange River Cellars as well as local product owners, were exposed to the tourism operations of the park.

Henriette Engelbrecht, Arid Communications and Marketing Manager, emphasised relevant aspects in terms of the tourism market, not only in the arid region, but also in recognition of the broader impact thereof in the province, country and global market.

Christine du Plessis, People and Conservation Officer, highlighted the tourism attributes of the park in conjunction with the importance of the park’s ecology, in terms of the conservation and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage as per the park’s vision and mission statements.
Herewith an opportunity has been provided to participants in the local tourism field to achieve more knowledge on tourism attractions in their area in order to provide the tourist with the optimum information at all times. These initiatives also aim to enhance the visitor’s experience with benefits to the local communties in mind.

SANParks as a major tourism hub in this area aims to lead this tourism initiative on an annual basis with the focus on protecting the environment and bettering the services rendered to our customers.
The educational visit of a group of learners of the Jogébed Home in Upington, as part of the celebrations of Universal Children’s Day, which followed this initiative complements the objectives of the park in providing opportunities to the local communities in order to grow constituencies and provide access to benefits from the National Parks System.

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Junior Rangers involved in Canoe Marathon
Christine du Plessis – P&C Officer, Augrabies Falls National Park

Recently the Junior Ranger (JR’s) groups from Vorsterseiland, Vredesvallei and Augrabies Falls National Park had the most extraordinary opportunity to engage in a new and exciting sport, right on their doorstep.

The 20 JR’s were given their first ever chance to experience what it is like to be on the Orange River firstly, in a motorboat and then in flat- bottomed canoes, commonly known as croc’s. This opportunity came along when a suggestion was made to start a rowing club for kids from the local communities. It was decided that the JR groups would be given the exposure to this sporting code by being involved in the first ever Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon(GKCM) which was held from 22-24/03, starting in Upington and finishing at Khamkirri, some 99km downstream and a little upstream from the Augrabies Falls National Park.

The JR’s were given two informal training sessions before the event by the experienced and very patient staff at Khamkirri, a private eco-adventure destination situated on the northern bank of the Orange River. Such chaotic pleasure was a sight to behold and with so much enthusiasm there is bound to be no shortage of talent and interest in establishing a local rowing club.

On the final day of the marathon the JR’s were on the river in their croc’s, close to the finishing line to cheer and welcome the rowers as they came rushing in on completion of the race, giving the warm welcome that is synonymous with the Northern Cape. One participant said it was great as it felt as if he was winning the Dusi marathon with a huge crowd present.

The involvement of the JR’s in the GKCM was used as a means of developing interest in rowing as an exciting sport and there is no doubt that within a couple of years a dynamic development team from the Northern Cape could be participating in the GKCM. Watch this space!

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SANParks Mentorship Programme

The SANParks Adopt-a-Learner Mentorship Trial Programme, involving Grade 11 Learners of the Rietfontein Combined School as well as learners from the Duineveld High School, in partnership with various governmental and non-governmental departments, concluded its first experiential learning exercise. This exercise involved a trip to the Augrabies Falls National Park via Upington, where numerous sites of educational value were also visited. The theme of this programme is “Who am I, and where am I heading to”.
Members of the Steering Committee took full charge in the arrangements which started off with an impressive information session at the SA Weather Station, followed by the learners’ exposure to the arrival and departure of domestic flights, information-sharing on the importance of security checks and the intensive role of the Fire and Rescue Team, not only at the airport, but also in support of the whole municipal area when needed. The first day was concluded with a relaxed evening at the movies, by courtesy of Mr. Kruger. These engagements were followed by a full day school visit at Duineveld where a “buddy” system was established by pairing each learner with another learner for the day. Learners engaged in some of the school operational systems, amongst others the hotel and catering as well as mechanical sections, and were also exposed to public speaking techiniques. They also shared some social time where they were lavishly spoilt by their buddies.
Duineveld as a member of this Steering Committee was also vital in the planning of this initiative too, which indeed raised the bar as the beginning of interesting future partnerships in order to contribute positively, not only to the learning culture of these learners, but also in addressing holistic social and career skills development amongst the learners in general. At the end of the school day the Rietfontein group were treated to an enjoyable meal at the hostel provided by the school.
The Siyanda District Office of Basic Education, the Dept. of Environmental Affairs (Local Government Support, Siyanda), the Dept. of Social Development and the Bushman Council, provided outstanding support as members of the Steering Committee, whether financial or moral or by valuable input to the activities on the programme. Some members even made personal financial contributions regarded as part of their community social responsibility towards this venture as they referred to it. Free accommodation in Upington was provided by the Khara Hais Municipality at the Eiland Holiday Resort’s group facility and SANParks hosted the group in a tented camp at the Augrabies Falls National Park.
The visit to the Orange River Cellars in Keimoes was indeed a highlight as learners experienced the operations of such a world renowned entity, especially now within the wine-making season and was astonished especially by the technology of the cellar and the major economic contribution of it to the coffers of not only our province, but also nationally.
At the Augrabies Falls National Park an impressive programme by Mr. Ettiene Parsons of Astra Deals, which was followed by Ms. Christine Du Plessis’ environmental education programme (guided walk to Moon Rock and scenic drive) emphasised the essence and aim of the weekend. Throughout the weekend’s programme the theme has been emphasised and learners’ were constantly reminded to think healthy and stay healthy, and that a healthy body and environment equals a healthy mind.
In the final reflection activity learners were very appreciative for the opportunties they could have engaged into and made it clear that they aim to make a difference not only in their schools, but also in their communities. They also indicated that they would love to host learners from Duineveld at their school in future and that they are looking forward in enhancing partnerships. Herewith much appreciation to the contributions by all including all members of Duineveld High -, Rietfontein Combined - and the Simbruner Primary School, towards the massive success of this first of its kind nature- and social based learning exercise of this mentorship programme.

Compiled by Angela Isaks, SANParks Arid Region Office

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Arid 67 minutes and World Rangers Day

The arid region rolled up their sleeves and did an excellent job in contributing their 67 and more minutes on Mandela Day.

At the Augrabies Falls National Park, an event was held in the Bloukamp community. In partnership with the local Community Development Workers (CDW’s) from Marchand and Kakamas, the Dept. of Local Government & Housing (COGHSTA) as well as the local Kai!Garib Municipality, 3 water tanks were sourced from a private company (BVI Engineering) and put up on stands in the Bloukamp community to provide them with clean drinking water. The park provided each of the 26 households with a 10 litre bucket to collect the water from the water tanks for their households. The Bloukamp community were very pleased as they had to collect water from the canal for drinking before Mandela Day.

Since March 2012, various organisations, forums and community members were invited to knit scarves and to provide soup donations for Mandela Day, upon request from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On the 18th of July 2012 the People and Conservation Officer and a Member from the Bushman Board, Ms. Luce Steenkamp, visited old aged people of the Khomani San and other communities in the Andriesvale and Askham areas. 174 Scarves and 960 packets of soups were handed out to 53 community members. Soup packets were also handed out to the Kopan Crèche and the Askham Drop In Centre. 40 Mandela Day information leaflets were also handed out to visitors in the park.

The People and Conservation Division of the Mokala National Park commemorated Mandela Day by painting an old community hall that was used by the community of Salt Lake. The community came in their numbers as well as the kids in the community to participate. The woman divided themselves to prepare meals while the others together with the men took charge of painting, cleaning and fixing the roof of the hall.

At the Namaqua National Park 8 staff members plus 13 members of the Working for Wildlife team, committee members and volunteers from the Kheis community took on the challenging task of painting the “Babel and Krabel Pre-primary School” in the Kheis community. Paint was provided by the park. This need was identified by the Kamiesberg Municipality and the Community Development Worker (CDW), after the school embarked on a fundraising project, for several months. The program officially started with an overview of why this day is celebrated and from 10h00 painting got on the way after the group of 38 strong were divided. The program ended around 14h30 with a much deserved “potjiekos” meal for all the workers.

In the Richtersveld Mandela Day was celebrated with the Sanddrift Community to assist the very poor households in conjunction with their RGBK community representative. 5 households of the park staff donated clothes and shoes to the very poor, while the park donated a brandnew two-plate stove to a very poor household. In the park staff took to the streets and cleaned the local area in Sendelingsdrift.

World Rangers Day was celebrated at Twee Rivieren on the 31st of July 2012. Junior Rangers (JR’s) visited the park as part of the celebration and each JR received a Green Bow and Field Ranger Albert Bojane accompanied them on a short trail as well as informing them about their duties and the aim of this commemoration.

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Residents of the Bloukamp community, Augrabies, testing their new water tanks.
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Proudly showing off their newly branded water buckets.
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Luce Steenkamp, Bushman Council hand over a scarf to a community member.
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Painting in Progress in the Mokala park community.
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Female members from the community taking care of the painters.
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The tired but very satisfied and proud Namaqua group.
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Namaqua's end result
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Aletta Joseph, P&C Officer, handed over a braqndnbew two-plate stove to a Richtersveld community member.
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RANGERS DAY.
Albert Bojane helping out with the Junior Rangers
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Article by: Aletta Joseph - People and Conservation Officer - ARTP

National Womens Month:


The Matjieshut Project in the Richtersveld National Park was finalised during National Women’s Month. Although the characteristic beehive-shaped huts look as if they are easy to assemble, a great deal of work goes into their construction. These huts can only be constructed by Women! Women play a central role in preparing the materials, in particular the mats and the rope that ties them to poles. It’s the women who tend to collect the rushes that will be used in manufacturing the mats.

The men cut branches from trees along the Orange River, the Haak-en Steek to make the poles. Branches are cleared of thorns, tanned over a fire (making it easier to pull the bark off), and bent into the required shape by being pinned to the ground and left for some days to set. The lower and thicker end of the poles is cut into the ground more easily.

Five elderly women of the Kuboes community: Kaaitjie Cloete, Anna Johanna De Wet, Jogebeth De Wet, Anna Johanna Joseph and Katarina Swartbooi were the builders of the five huts at Potjiespram Namahut Campsite\ EE bush camp while Andries Swartbooi from Sanddrift community were the men who helped them with the poles.

The aim of this project is to preserve the Nama Cultural Heritage and the utilisation of the huts will be two-folded: (i) for tourism and (ii) for Environmental Education of school groups and others. Herewith the integration of the Nama cultural awareness and possible revival amongst other cultural customs are enhance. The project will further rejuvinate the equity status of the Nama women as the builders, and they will further be potential Matjieshut Guides/teachers

The weaving of matjies and preparation of poles is a very rare skill in the Richtersveld and only a few elders are still practising these activities.


One of the elders, Ouma Sarah let her voice hear in a project planning meeting.
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Proudly showing off their handwork the traditional Matjiehut.
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Record breaking: Tamsen Jeftha by Henriette Ferreira, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The 24 year-old Tamsen Jeftha from Cape Town has joined SANParks in September 2011 as the first female field ranger in the history of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Tamsen Jeftha studied at Damelin College Mowbray where she obtained her National Diploma in Game Ranging and Lodge Management. She also did various short courses related to conservation.
She is based at the Mata Mata rest camp that is situated south-west of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park along the Namibian border. It is said that if one can survive at least six months in the Kalahari, one shall survive anywhere in the world; simply because of the isolation, distance and the harsh environment but to mention only a few. However Tamsen Jeftha seems to have adapted well with the environment particularly with her day to day work with her colleagues.
Field ranger work can be dangerous and demanding in terms of physical strength such as the rescue operation of trapped eland calf on the boundary fence that Tamsen Jeftha with her colleagues did during routine fence patrol and maintenance, and let alone the mending and renovation of conservation amenities such as waterholes, windmills, boundary fence etc.
Tamsen Jeftha has shown that she is mentally and physical prepared to take challenge because she actively participates in all tasks that her team is doing or involve in. The fact that she is the only women amongst the team of man does not hold her back to perform her duties to her full potential but seem to encourage her to do more. Gone are days where women were sidelines in most jobs that were regarded to be for the so called ‘mans job’. Well done to Tamsen Jeftha for grabbing these opportunity by both hands and making a huge success of it.

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Tamsen with Colleague saving a Eland.
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Arid Region August 2012 Highlights:

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Arid Region P&C News

In the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park the final four groups for the Kids in Parks Programme visited the park from the 15th-26th of October 2012.

The Namaqua National Park hosted its 2nd Kids in Parks Programme for the year for the first time at Groenrivier, in the coastal section of the Park. Ten (10) schools were invited to participate in the programme and all accepted. This programme is special for different reasons: the most important one being that learners were exposed to a section of the park that are otherwise not accessible, due to the non-availability of environmental educational facilities.

To the learners and educators it was a unique experience and for the park it was a huge pleasure to teach them about the coast and the ocean. Activities included orientation about the ocean, including tides, ocean currents and waves, Illegal fishing, coastal ecosystems detectives and lots of fun.

The Augrabies Falls National Park made history when the Theatre for Africa(TfA) group selected the park as the venue for their Northern Cape workshop (only 1 workshop was held in each province) for youth drama training.

The TfA group is an NGO which provides drama training to the youth in order to interpret and present local environmental, political and social issues. 7 youngsters between the ages of 20-25 years of age from Kakamas, were taught the importance of their physical fitness, how to build a story/script with given information and how to look at animals so as to interpret them during a drama.

On the last day they presented a play to all the park staff and it was amazing to see how quickly the youth learnt and how much hidden talent was available. The youth thoroughly enjoyed the whole learning process and are very keen to learn more. If funding is secured phase 2 will entail a training period of about 6 weeks. This is really a worthwhile project and can lead to the youth who will be eventually so well trained and confident, that they will be able to earn an income from being actors.

The Mokala National Park hosted two sessions of the LoveLife Core 2 Training and groundbreakers from the area interacted within a number of different areas, ranging from team building to job skills to survival in the bush.

For the first time LoveLife visited the Richtersveld National Park in their quest to build sound relationships for the future. Also their end of year function was held in the park whereby certificates of achievements were awarded to the groundbreakers of LoveLife. The programme kicked off with a Powerpoint Presentation on the park the visiting group was also taken on a guided hike to the petroglyphs and was finally entertained with a pontoon trip.

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