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Get to know the Honorary Rangers Bushveld region - Phalaborwa
Bushveld region is based in Phalaborwa in the Limpopo, next to the Kruger National Park. As a result of our proximity to KNP, our services are dedicated mostly to KNP. Some members perform duties well beyond our borders, and recently two members performed a long duty in Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
There are currently 24 members in the Bushveld region, of which 10 members are PDI. There are 12 applicants and prospective applicants in the region. Most of the members live in Phalaborwa and surrounding area.
The region is chaired by Piet Andjelkovic, who is also a member of the NEC, portfolio; Communications, KNP North Liaison and Administration Matters. Piet works at the Palabora Mining Company as a Supervisor in the Instrumentation section. He is married to Tracy, also an HR, and they have two daughters.
The deputy chairperson is Johan van Zyl, who lives and works in Hoedspruit. Johan is the manager of the Rib World branch in Hoedspruit and is married to Rita, they have three children; two sons and a daughter.
The secretarial duties are handled by Tracy Andjelkovic. She owns and runs her own nursery school in Phalaborwa and shares the same daughters with Piet.
The treasurer of the region is Ian van Tonder, who works at Palabora Mining Company as a Project Technician, Instrumentation. Ian is married to Riana and they have no children. Ian is a hunter, and belongs to the SA Hunters’ Association in Phalaborwa.
Johan Smit is the committee member with a lot on his plate. Johan is the designated trainer in the region, and also manages the Junior Rangers. He works for CCB Civils in Phalaborwa, and is married to Martie.
They have three children, two daughters and a son. Johan is the Chairperson of the Herpetological Society In Phalaborwa, and is a keen snake and reptile specialist, he also loves spiders and most other creepy crawlies. His services are always in demand whenever Phalaborwa has a snake problem.
The projects in Bushveld region are managed by Quintin Vermaak, who works at Palabora Mining Company as a Supervisor in the Electrical section. Quintin is married to Cindy, who is also an HR, and they have two children, a daughter and a son. Quintin and Cindy are eager caravanners, and belong to the local Caravan Club.
Pierre Marais is the committee member with the portfolio of training and developing the PEAP project for the region. He is the Headmaster of Frans du Toit High school in Phalaborwa, and is married to Celia (Cecilia), they have two children, a daughter and a son. Pierre is a keen sportsman, rugby coach and player for the Phalaborwa netball team.
The HR’s from the Bushveld region are stalwarts in the Elephant hall in Letaba, providing most of the duties there. Other areas of duties and projects includes the marking of trees in the Nxanatseni Region of KNP, new doors at the Elephant hall entrance, with the help from Limpopo region, the Elephant skeleton in Letaba Elephant Hall, assistance at Phalaborwa gate and the help with the recent upgrade of Phalaborwa gate. Duties are also provided to Mopanie, Shingwedzi, Satara and Punda Maria. Activities like game drives, walks and bush braais are also supported by selected members.
Members of the region meet every third Monday of the month for a general meeting, this happens at the KNP Phalaborwa Staff village Lapa at 18h00. Every so often, the members meet in the Kruger National Park and have a social braai afterwards, this is well attended by members.
The region was the proud recipient of the HR Region of the Year Award at the recent Indaba held in KNP. Members of the region host bushcamps at Sand River Bush Camp as a fund raising venture, and also designed and printed a booklet on Elephants in conjunction with SANParks staff. This proved very popular, and the second edition is currently being planned.
- Chairperson: Piet Andjelkovic
cell: 082 805 7261
- Secretary: Tracy Andjelkovic (Piet)
cell: 079 886 5317
P.O. Box 4138