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Media Release: KNP Achievement Awards

Date: 2006-11-20


For the eighth year in a row, the Kruger National Park (KNP) presented achievement awards to its top camps, gates, ranger stations, departments, regions and staff at the 2006 KNP Achievement Awards function in Skukuza (Friday November 17, 2006).


“This is our attempt to honour those members of our staff who have excelled during the past year or who have given excellent service to our guests over a long period of time,” said KNP Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize.


SANParks Chief Operating Officer, Mr Sydney Soundy presented the following awards:

• Best Region of the Year was presented to Nkayeni Region (Between the Olifants and Sabie rivers).

• Best Department of the Year was presented to Veterinary Wildlife Services.

• Camp of the Year was presented to Berg en Dal Main Camp.

• Bush Camp of the Year was presented to Biyamiti Bush Camp.

• Ranger Post of the Year was presented to Mooiplaas Ranger’s Post (Area includes Mopani Main Camp).

• Entrance Gate of the Year was presented to Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility.


Outstanding Service in the Workplace awards were presented to the following individuals:


Januario Fernandes – Conservation Services

Kenneth Ntimane – Conservation Services

Sue Eber – Conservation Services

Collert Nyathi – Technical Services

Lizzy Mafumu – Technical Services

Rodgers Khoza – Technical Services

Eugene Swanepoel – Technical Services

Robert Greighton – Technical Services

Renate Ackerman – Finance

Hittlers Mathebula – Finance

Sandra MacFadyen – Scientific Services

Dr Stephanie Freitag-Ronaldson – Scientific Services

Moses Mathe – Scientific Services

Sanania Khosa – Human Resources

Phineas Nxumalo – Human Resources

Margaret Lubisi – Human Resources

Elias Maluleke – Human Resources

Maureen Gunn – Director’s Department

Arrie Schreiber – Corporate Investigation Services

Brian Beauchamp – Corporate Investigation Services

Sinna Mphatse – Public Relations

Lerato Mathole – Public Relations

Corrie Booyens – Protection Services

Busi Sambo – Marula Region

Sharrel Ngomane – Marula Region

Irvin Knight – Marula Region

Julias Sibuyi – Marula Region

Daniel Shibambo – Marula Region

Freddy Maluleke – Nkayeni Region

Olga Mashele – Nkayeni Region

Tinyiko Chauke – Nkayeni Region

Lerato Khoza – Nkayeni Region

Tsakane Maluleke – Nxanatseni Region

Alita Khosa – Nxanatseni Region

Jerry Matshebele – Nxanatseni Region

Issan Hlungwane – Nxanatseni Region


Outstanding Service to Tourists/Clients/Customers Awards were presented to the following individuals:


Shireen Smith – Director’s Department

Ezekiel Manyathele – Marula Region

Duncan Mnisi – Marula Region

Gordon Ramsden – Nkayeni Region


Other awards were also presented to various people and organisations who received the Director’s Special Awards and from Total SA for the camps with the top-performing filling stations.


The 2006 KNP Achievement Awards were the first to be broadcast live on local radio stations Ligwalagwala FM and Munghana Lonene FM. SAfm radio personality Mr Ike Phaahla acted as the programme director and the guest speaker was Mr Desmond Golding, the Deputy Director General: 2010 in the Mpumalanga Premier’s Office.


The KNP has three regions, 12 main camps, five bush camps, 22 ranger posts and about 1 900 SANParks appointed staff members.



Region winner: Nkayeni Regional Manager Mr Isaiah Nyakane received the award for the Best Region of the Year from SANParks Chief Operating Officer Mr Sydney Soundy.


 






The Department of the Year Award went to Veterinary Wildlife Services. Dr Markus Hofmeyr received the award from SANParks Chief Operating Officer Mr Sydney Soundy.


 






The Camp of the Year Award went to Berg en Dal Rest Camp. Here the present Hospitality Services Manager Mr Stephen Nel celebrates this achievement with the first camp manager Mr Willie Ackermann. Mr Ackermann was manager at the time of the camp’s opening in 1984.


 






Just no stopping Biyamiti! A team effort resulted in Biyamiti scooping the Bushcamp of the Year Award and a team effort was needed to receive the award from SANParks Chief Operating Officer Mr Sydney Soundy. The team are, from left, Solomon Sithole, Ezekiel Manyathele, Sonika Lambrechts (hospitality services manager) and Orpa Sithole.


 






After only a year of operation, the Kruger National Park’s Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility scooped the Entrance Gate of the Year Award. Here Gate Official Themba Mnisi and Hospitality Services Manager Kagiso Tlhobolo receive the award from SANParks Chief Operating Officer Mr Sydney Soundy.


 






Ms Sue Eber not only received an individual “Outstanding Service in the Workplace” Award, but also scooped an “Executive Director’s Excellence Award” from the KNP’s Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize.