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HR members meet with KNP management

09 March 2009

On 3 March 2009, the members of the Management Committee of Kruger National Park (KNP) met with members of the Honorary Rangers (HR) to discuss several issues. The meeting was a platform for members to meet each other and to strengthen the relationship that has been built by KNP staff and HR regions in proximity to KNP.

Acting Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya mentioned that a meeting such as this should take place at least twice per annum, to expand the relationship and co-operation the groups have. KNP wants to recognise and nurture the time and effort spent by HR's in the Park, and to this end, leaders of appropriate National Projects will be included in future meetings. Mr Sibiya also expressed the feeling that KNP wishes to expand contact and report on all HR contributions and activity in KNP, including Conservation, Tourism and P&C.

KNP would like to recognize their appreciation for the contribution of HR's more frequently in the printed and electronic media. Chairman of the National Executive Committee of the Honorary Rangers Janssen Davies mentioned that recognition of this kind would have the added benefit of motivating HR members to go the extra mile, with KNP and SANParks being the beneficiaries of such motivation.

Members of the HRs gave a brief overview of what their respective regions contribute to SANParks, for the benefit of Mr Sibiya, who stated that he was the "new kid on the block" in KNP.

Those present at the meeting were: Abe Sibiya, Acting Managing Executive, Dr Freek Venter, HOD Conservation, Helen Mmethi, HOD P&C, William Mabasa, HOD PR & Media, Sithembile Mhlope, Regional Manager : Marula Region, Janssen Davies, Chairman: National Executive Committee of the Honorary Rangers, Grant Coleman, Lowveld Region Vice Chairperson, NEC member and Project leader of AITG, John Brankin, NEC member for National Training and member of East Rand Region, Piet Andjelkovic, Chairperson Bushveld Region and NEC member Communications and Administration, Patrick Reniers, Chairperson of Lowveld Region.