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Bush Baptist
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:27 pm

I write software for REAL computers, not these modern toy ones. Anyone old enough to remember COBOL? I am a fundi at it.
I also qualified as a tourist guide for the Wastern Cape and I do it as a very pleaseant part time distraction.
I am a fanatical Machester United fan and I try my best to support the Stormers, Proteas, and Western Privince although they often make it very difficult.
My name hints at other interests.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

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Unread post by Cees » Thu May 11, 2006 5:47 pm

I' am working as a psychiatric nurse on a crisis unit in Castricum, just like my brother SHARKS , in the Netherlands. Last year Januari, 2005, I did the Field Guide course at Antares in South Africa. Past for the theoretical part. Must still do my practical. Hopefully in a couple of months.
At the and of the year we hope to be proud owners of a B&B in Phalaborwa.

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Unread post by matthew » Wed May 31, 2006 1:31 pm

Hello all,

I work in the medical industry, despite having studied banking.
My father has retired out near Malelane, so I have an ideal base from whihc to enter the southern part of the park. I try to go at least 2 or 3 times a year - even managed 12 times in 1 year while studying

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Unread post by graemy » Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:09 pm

Hi there!!

Thought I would add my occupation, although I have already mentioned it somewhere...

Have been working for different airlines for the last 20 years. Most recent airline is Air France (used to work for Pan American, lufthansa in Germany and "Air Liberté")

In France, we lazy people only work 35 hours a week. I have to get up at 3:30am sometimes and get home, on other days at 01:00am. But this gives me three day weekends and cheaper tickets to come to Kruger....
New trip report being processed...

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Unread post by Dotty » Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:31 am

Although I am an oap (senior) I still work to help pay to go to KP now and then. I am an evening recetionist/ caretaker in a local council building I book and take money for hire of squash courts and supervise the other rooms hired out for parties meetings etc.Then at 10:00 pm I tidy up and go home.
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do you have a job

Unread post by Pieter Steyn » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:00 pm


My son and I have a scaffold business. We hire scaffold out to small to medium business. Also build scaffold towers for larger building contractors.

Spent most of my time with admin. Very boring. I love to design scaffold structures and then build it. We are also qualified scaffold inspectors.

Best part of the job, you are always outside in the sun.

I love going to Kruger. Have been visiting Kruger on a regular basis for the last 41 years. Even spend my honeymoon there.
My wife is a bigger Kruger fanatic than what I'm.

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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:10 pm

Im a schoolboy. Hoping to work in Kruger some Day.

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:55 pm

Studied electronic engineering .

Am now in the field of industrial electronics .

Work on industrial automated warehousing machinery .
Design and modify regular condition machines to work inside harsh operating environments .
Maintain these machines , and repair electronic controllers for them , this is where I get my forum time from , while I wait for data sheets on components etc to download , or for electronic test circuits to run .
Its far more fun than just watching the controller getting tested and to see if it will turn into smoke or not

The best part of my job is when I have to go and sort out problems on machines in places like Nelspruit , or Louis trichardt , and get to take the knp 2 night shortcut home

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Unread post by Wolfling @ 12 » Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:10 pm

I'm a humble student at the Potchefstroom campus of the University of the Northwest. Majored in Zoology and Microbiology. Currently working on my Honours degree in Conservation and Sustainable Ecosystem Utilisation.
You can only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

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Unread post by TXDrifter » Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:04 am

Retired civil servant but unlike DuQues I had to work. 36 years with the U.S. government, the last 20 as a Regional Administrator for Administration and Management with the U.S. Department of Labor covering a 10 state region. For a mind-numbing description of what this entailed see: mind-numbing description

But that is past. I now spend my days either traveling the world, planning our future travels, or reviewing past travels with my lovely wife of 40 years, Diane, and along the way even manage to take a few photos.

It is a great time of life, and we are enjoying it to the utmost.

Phil (Junior Virtual Ranger)

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Unread post by restio » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:57 pm

I'm an IT manager, working for a tertiary institution. My section is responsible for the university's servers, network and so on. I enjoy my job, but it can get rather stressful at times. Computers are bad enough, but the people problems are what really make me tear my hair out.

I fear my job description is at least as mind-numbing than TXDrifter's, plus it is runs to ten pages, so I'll spare you!

I am also the mother of a bright and beautiful three-year-old, and he keeps me and my SO pretty busy when we're not at work.

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Unread post by lisa » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:40 pm

Legislative attorney. It's a good job and I feel lucky to have it. Just wish it weren't so far away from South Africa.

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Unread post by christo » Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:38 pm

I am mostly a business consultant and a tour broker.

Because there are pocket money to be made, I do bridging finance for people.

To keep in touch with the latest developments at the academical front, I am a part time lecturer at the technicological university of the Free State, teaching Marketing & Marketing research.
To change ones life start immideately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

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Unread post by wipi » Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:58 pm


I am a nurse and my Pi is a house painter and we work to do the long travels every year for 5 weeks.And to do the things that we love, we live our live met volle teugen. We are DINKy's.

greetings from 2 hard working people.
Our hart is in the desert.

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Unread post by stephenc » Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:26 pm

Hi All,
I'm a DBA for a retail firm in South Africa, Johannesburg.
Main databases i administrate is MS SQL 2000, Informix and Oracle 10g.

Really it is boring stuff, but would rather be out in the bush.

Two weeks then i will be in the KNP..........Can't wait. The wife also getting ants to get there now.......

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