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Marakele: Border Fences

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:32 pm

Does anyone know if there are still any plans around to drop the fence between Marakele and Welgevonden, and if so, in what sort of time frame?
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Re: Marakele: Border Fences

Unread postby Joel » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:23 pm

Hi,

I would also be interested to have an update regarding the dropping of fences between Marakele & Welgevonden.

The key problem could be linked to the presence of buffalos carried deseases??
Have a look at the following link:
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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:40 pm

I would also like to know, as I had a vested interest in the fencing of the Marekele National Park. As I donated many lowbed loads of railway tracks to the Park for the fencing off of the Park during the early 1990s when Piet van Staden was still at Marekele.
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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:05 pm

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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby JoelR » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:34 am

Joel wrote:The key problem could be linked to the presence of buffalos carried deseases??

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I seem to remember that Marakele's buffaloes have been relocated elsewhere, so that should not be the problem anymore.

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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:12 am

Follow the link in Joel's post, it is quite interesting. :thumbs_up: A presentation done in 2008 by Markus Hofmeyer, chief vet at Skukuza. It explains the situation quite well.

Remember that there are other carriers of corridor disease in the environment. In this case it is the ticks. That is why there needs to be a time lapse after the infected buffaloes are removed, for these carriers to die out, before buffalo can be re-introduced.
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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Joel » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:41 am

Are these diseases (species of virus / bacteria) indigenous to SA or not? :hmz:
If so, why should not we allow them in National Parks as part of ecosystem processes? :huh:
For those which come from overseas, no discussion needed... :evil: :sniper:
In any case, I understand that this raises significant issues with respect to livestock production.
How is this being managed in areas adjacent to Kruger for instance?

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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:06 pm

Slightly off subject but here is an extract from a Kruger Park Times about Corridor disease also known as East Coast fever.

New research has resulted in the mapping of the genome of the parasite that causes corridor disease, or East Coast fever. Corridor disease concerns veterinarians wherever livestock and domestic animals interact with each other.

Buffalo bred for disease-free projects have to be free of the disease in order to be sold as ‘clean’ animals. In the same way that malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes, corridor disease is transmitted by ticks. It kills a million cattle every year in sub-Saharan Africa.

The disease is usually controlled by dipping cattle, but an understanding of the genome of the parasite may lead to a vaccine. There is evidence that the ticks are becoming resistant to the pesticides used to kill them. Two related parasites, Theileria parva and Thieleria annulata, both had their genome mapped and the results published in the journal Science.

The parasites effectively turn an animal’s white blood cells into cancer-like cells, and understanding of the genome may also help enlighten people studying human cancers.
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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Joel » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:51 pm

Still no reply for sanparks as regards to the fences between Marakele and Welgevonden?
What about the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve?
Any plans for large scale fence removal?

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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Black Wildebeest » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:05 pm

Hi.

I read somewhere that bufallo was released in December/ January in Welgevonden by SANparks?
Maybe you guys could confirm this, as I'm new to the scene. If this was the soul purpose the fences was held up, then if releasing them in Welgevonden means the "safety period" is past.
How does the park work?
On the map I see three sections
1. Marakele national parks - SANparks section (south)
2. Marakele PTY park - Northern section
3. Welgevonden private reserve - North to north west

Is the PTY side and Welgevonden owned and managed by the Dutchman that helped make this park exist?
Welgevonden has some fancy 4-5 star accomodation, but R3000+ per person just isn't in my budget.
I also looked at the "Griffon bush camp" that is run by "Marakele Bush Lodge/Camp"....are they in the SANpark side or the PTY side?

Hope someone sees that dropping the fences and doubling the park sizes, and maybe connecting the southern roads with northern ones, will be a plus, and maybe then bring back some wild dogs as the park would now be large enough for them to roam greater distances?
And also improve chances of seeing lions for SANpark side vistors.

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Re: Marakele Border Fences

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:28 am

Buffalo were indeed re-introduced to Welgevonden in November. I had the pleasure of seeing the heard weekend before last.

Welgevonden is completely independant of either Marakele, and are managed by the same people.
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