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AITG Distributes Computers to SANParks, Schools and HR Users

19 October 2006

When Siemens South Africa decided to upgrade their own computers, they offered their used computers (Pentium 2's) to the Alien Invader Task Group (AITG) of the Honorary Rangers.

At least 34 computers have been made available and the AITG the Honorary Ranger chairmen was asked to lodge requests for the available machines.

Kevin Moore, of People and Conservation at SANParks head office has worked closely with JP Meijer of the AITG in allocating the available computers and starting to arrange delivery to the parks around the country. "I contacted all the People and Conservation staff based in the parks and asked who could make use of second hand computers and we tried our best to accommodate all the requests that were received within the 34 computers available".

The majority of the machines will be used in People and Conservation for a wide range of applications. These include donations to local schools to ensuring that GVI volunteers in the parks have access to a PC. One of the donated machines is running the data projector at the Wilgenhof Education Centre in Golden Gate Highlands National Park and another is being used in a local community crafting company.

The Honorary Rangers have been asked to volunteer to deliver computers to where they are needed if they are making trips to parks.

14 computers have already been delivered to places like Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, West Coast National Park, Kruger and Mapungubwe National Park. "These have been very well received", adds Moore, "they are already increasing productivity, and in the case of donations to local communities, they've been a great way of enhancing community relations".