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 Post subject: Kruger Heroes
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:13 pm 
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I read in Skukuza museum about this one guy. Dumini or something was his name(should have write it down). Can someone please give his real name? Who was a field ranger at Shingwedzi. His age was estimated to be in the 90's when he retired.

He killed a child eating lion and was given the lion's skin in a hat form for his bravery by the Shingwedzi ranger. The ranger was away on business and the lion caught and killed a kid nearby. He rushed to the scene to find the lion charging at him and some followers from close range. He killed the lion right there and then.

The other outstanding hero for me is oom Louis Olivier, saving his friend Johan Yssel's life after he was attacked by a croc.

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He worked in Kruger for 52 years in 1919, he started with ranger T. Duke on a outpost called Rolle 55km northwest of Skukuza.
He started 7 Years before it was declared a national park.
In 1921 he was sent to Malelane were he worked with Trollope.
And he saved his live from a wounded lion on the banks off the Crocodile River.
The child eating lion he shot when he was in Shingwedz with a 0.303 rifle :sniper:
Colonel Stevenson-Hamilton gave him 5 Pound for his bravery plus a Singer sowing machine and the lion skin from which he made a hat for him self.


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Sory i forgot to give his name his name was Nombolo Mdluli :oops:


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Tieger wrote:
There 4 people involved in the crocodile sage

Oom Louis, Tom Yssel and Hans Kolver a helicopter pilot.
Hans Kolver wrist has crush by the crocodile as he turned on him after he let Tom go.
Corrie Kaiser was the man who ran in to the water with the butcher knife that Oom Louis drove in to the crock eye.

@ Tieger - have you read all this or do you get your info from another source? Do you have any more for us :lol:

There are many Kruger heros that we never hear about. The people behind the scenes who all work towards making Kruger what it is.


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Whatever searchengine you use this hero is even not to be found ...
The searchengines do "complain" about the name though, they want to correct from Nombolo Mdluli to Ndombolo Mdluli.
Are you sure about your spelling?

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Tieger wrote:
Hi DB
Yes i do have some more stories but it is this PC thing that i am frightened off.
The problem is that i was born too early.
But i will in some time.
Kom van die plaas. :oops:

You are doing great! Look forward to more stories!


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Could be i am not 100% sure and i have no reverence to double check :?


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Check the Spelling is is corect.


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There was a big spread in the Kruger Park Times (Feb 9) about Louis Olivier and told the story of the crocodile wrestling match in full detail.

BTW does anyone know if KPT is online?


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Another Kruger hero ?

William Lloyd was the ranger at Satara in 1920.
Satara was so remote in those days it could only be reached on foot or horse back.
Lloyd his young wife and three small children lived there completely isolated.

Lloyd was very energetic for a 56-year-old man he had a good horse and has regular cover great distances in a day on it with his loin skin pants and thin cotton shirt and hat.
One day Lloyd came home wet with perspiration so he sits outside to cool off.
He got pneumonia shortly after that.

Lloyds wife did for her husband what she could but with the remoteness and with out any medicines there was no hope and Lloyd died.

She sent a messenger to Stevenson-Hamilton with a short note.
He covered the distance of 90 kilos in less then a day.
When Stevenson-Hamilton arrived at Satara she has already buried Lloyd under a tree close to the house.

A young woman alone and completely isolated with a dying man and three small children alone in the bush but she was always calm and in control of the situation.

It took three days for an ox wagon to reach Satara to fetch Mrs Lloyd and her belongings and took her to Sabiebridge (Skukuza).

Truly a remarkable woman.

William Lloyd's grave is still at Satara next to the road from the camp and the area Ranger's house.

Rumour has it that the tombstone has been put up the wrong way round.
Therefore, it is at his feet and not his head.

There are no records of what happened with Mrs. Lloyd or her children after that.
Not even what her name was.


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KNP Unveils Plaque For Fallen Hero

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Heroes
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When I am in the area, I love to visit the Rabelais hut.

There are pictures of the early Orpen Gate and early rangers hanging on the walls. I like to stop and think of what it must have been like in those early days, when all they had was a dream. The oppostition from hunters and farmers was extreme. Were it not for Stevenson-Hamilton's tenacity, Kruger would not be here.

I like to look at the picture of Eileen Orpan, a true benefactor and a woman of incredible generosity. It was the Orpan family's passion about conservation that gave the "kick start" to many of the early founders aspirations.

I admire people who dream and who try against all odds to make that a reality. The early founders were such people.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Heroes
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I wish that I could have met Stevenson-Hamilton. Maybe I would have found him pushy and difficult :hmz: . I just know that few would have managed what he managed.


Agree MM. It would have been amazing to meet him!

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I honestly think that every ranger who goes out into the bush every day -- esp those doing anti-poaching patrols -- are heroes and deserve both our respect and support


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A special Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to 79-year-old Sergeant Charlie Nkuna who spent 41 years as an employee at the Kruger National Park and still continued for 3 years after his retirement to serve as a research assistant at the Scientific Services section. “Baba Charlie”, who was involved in many key projects including the apprehension of poachers during his uninterrupted service at KNP, received this honour to a rousing standing ovation.

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Another tribute to Sergeant Charlie Nkuna.

This son of Ranger Merriman Nkuna, patrolled the Pretoriuskop area with Ranger Henry Wolhuter, together with Helfas Mangane as well as Helfas Nkuna, during Wolhuters duty in the area between 1950 and 1959, and thereafter with many other Rangers. The trio mentioned were indeed the nemesis of many poachers.

This remarkable man is very well informed about the history of the Kruger National Park. It is him who indicated the grave of Chief Mataffin who had been murdered by the Swazis in 1890s, on 12 November 1985 on the western bank of the Imagoroti Creek.

The Nkuna family were for many generations involved in the Conservation of our heritage. There are 12 names recorded with the 'NKUNA"surname as Rangers who served with honour in this noble task.

Sergeant Charlie Mokoena I salute you. :clap: :clap: :clap:

How I would love to talk to you and record some of your knowledge.

Your tracks and your legacy will remain in the Kruger Park forever.

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