Today is a very special day indeed, as we celebrate the 8th birthday of the SANParks website and forums! And what a fantastic 8 years it's been.
A big THANK YOU to all our 'mites, moddies, administrators, developers and staff, who help make the website and forums the success it is today... a place where we can all share information, stories, laughter, tears, opinions and much more.
Special mention has to be made of Nedret Saidova, our Senior Manager: E-Business, who conceptualised and initiated the online forum, creating a massive community where strangers have become friends (some more than friends
), where battles have been fought, passions have been shared and as a result a "family" has been created. Nedret has mothered the from day one to what is is now and we would like to thank her dearly for all her efforts and dedication.
We would like to commemorate this occassion by asking you to reminisce with us and share your most-memorable/favourite/exciting moments on the forum.
We will start this "highlight reel" at the very beginning... 8 years ago on a Saturday at 4 o'clock in the afternoon ...
"Many months' work came to a time on a quiet Saturday afternoon, when the new website (+-15,000 files) and the new forums were launched.
We stood by to watch if people will start registering on the forums, and voila - the first person "Gerda" came from Belgium... Then it started to roll... One by one - we were getting people to login and post... Some - congratulating us on a new site when they were shocked to see it look so different. Some - posting ordinary questions - not knowing that this is a brand new home for SANParks
A couple of us (me and Danie who was based in Kruger at the time) were watching the site day and night... Then certain people , including international visitors, started to stand out with their knowledge and passion and I approached them to become our first mods.
And that is how it began..." - Nedret Saidova: Senior Manager: E-Business
Looking forward to many more years to come on the forum