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Re: Thanks Mata Mata staff

Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:24 pm

:big_eyes: Katja :) Gosh, what an experience. I am sure they will know who they are :( once I pass your thanks onto Mata Mata.
Thanks for taking the time to thank them here on the forums :thumbs_up:
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Execellent Service from Olifants Reception

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:09 pm

Although staying at Olifants only end of February we already received today the following Information:

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Please note that the Olifants Rest Camp is currently under
renovations as part of the Infrastructure Development Programme (IDP).

As a result a temporary reception in the form of park home
has been established.

We would like to apologise for the inconveniences.

Kind Regards

Michelle van der Merwe
Regional Tourism Manager, Nxanatseni Region, Kruger National Park
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Office No.: 013-7353510
Fax: no: 086 266 7758
Mobile No.: 0826019354
E-mail Address: michelle.vandermerwe@sanparks.org
Web address: http://www.sanparks.org

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Thanks for this first class information flow :k

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Re: What lovely staff at Berg en Dal

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:26 am

Well done Beg-en-Dal staff :clap:
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Re: Execellent Service from Olifants Reception

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:28 am

Pumbaa we are staying at Olifants next year May and have received similar message. Thanks for being pro-active Olifants Camp :thumbs_up:
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Re: Execellent Service from Olifants Reception

Unread post by Stephens.L » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:37 am

Dear Pumbaa

Thank you for the positive feedback. We are proud to have proactive managers like Michelle. I will make sure that she receives the message.
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Stephens Ledwaba
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Kruger National Park
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Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:24 am

Congratulations to Mario Scholtz and the SANParks Special Operations unit for awards received from the Dept. of Environment Affairs for outstanding work in the field of counter poaching.

The category for Outstanding Contribution to the Investigation of Environmental Crime was presented to Mario Scholtz, from South African National Parks, for his work against rhino poaching and rhino horn smuggling syndicates. Scholtz also contributed extensively to capacity building initiatives.


The category of Outstanding Contribution to Field Ranger Service, was awarded to the entire SANParks Special Operations Team, which includes fourteen officials and five K9 members. The team was acknowledged for their work in the war against rhino poaching.


Well done to our dedicated conservation teams! So much work is being done, often under extremely dangerous circumstance and you really deserve the recognition!

Congratulations to the other people also awarded. See the full press release below.



Deputy Environment Minister announces winners of Environmental Management Inspectorate Awards of Excellence



15 November 2013



The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi announced the winners of the Environmental Management Inspectorate Awards at the Fifth National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla, yesterday, in Kleinmond, Western Cape.



The Awards recognize government officials who have made an outstanding contribution to the implementation of environmental legislation in South African. The first awards were handed out in 2006, then in 2007, 2009 and 2012. The call for award nominations was widely distributed within the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Panelists based their decision on the strength of the nominations received.



Awards were handed out for six categories, including two new award categories that serve to recognize the often life-threatening work undertaken by EMI Grade 5 Field Rangers, as well as the critical role of Environmental Management Inspectorate Support Services.



The first award, in the prosecutors’ category for Outstanding Contribution to the Prosecution of Environmental Crime, was awarded to Charles Lloyd, from the National Prosecuting Authority, for his successful prosecution of various environmental matters and self-dedication to the prosecution of environmental crimes during the period 2012 to 2013.



The category for Outstanding Contribution to the Investigation of Environmental Crime was presented to Mario Scholtz, from South African National Parks, for his work against rhino poaching and rhino horn smuggling syndicates. Scholtz also contributed extensively to capacity building initiatives.



For her achievement of having undertaken ten successful strategic compliance inspections within the reporting period, inspecting more than 131 authorizations/licensing conditions, and often having to deal with difficult personalities during site inspections, the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Inspection of Environmental Legislation, went to Nketu Lesejane, from the National Department of Environmental Affairs. Many of the sites under Lesejane’s inspection had come into compliance.



Godfrey Maluleke, from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, took the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Administrative Enforcement of Environmental Legislation, for ongoing excellence in the field of administrative enforcement and the preparation of 34 legally defensible notices and directives.



Jacques du Toit, from the National Department of Environmental Affairs was recognized in the category, Outstanding Support Rendered to the Environmental Management Inspectorate, for his support to operational compliance and enforcement, strategic stakeholder engagement and capacity building which has led to a significant improvement in environmental compliance and enforcement in the country.



The category of Outstanding Contribution to Field Ranger Service, was awarded to the entire SANParks Special Operations Team, which includes fourteen officials and five K9 members. The team was acknowledged for their work in the war against rhino poaching.



The Deputy Minister acknowledged that since the establishment of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) or the Green Scorpions as the Inspectorate is popularly known, the Department of Environmental Affairs had made “significant strides each year in bringing offenders to book”.



She recognized the strides that had been made in developing a strong network of partnerships with SAPS, HAWKS, Justice, SARS and Intelligence, and emphasized the need for stronger ties with the justice system and law enforcement agencies in achieving more effective criminal investigations and higher prosecution rates.
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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:33 am

I am so glad for the recognition they got, Imberbe.
Thank you and well done to them all :gflower:
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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by RosemaryH » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:06 pm

:clap: :clap: Well Done to all :clap: :clap: and a huge thank you for what you do :gflower: :gflower:
Stay safe :pray:
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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by missings.a.! » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:33 pm

Absolutely wonderful and so brave. I would never have the courage to be looking for poachers in the bush, that would shoot me if they saw me first.

:gflower: :k :clap:

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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:37 pm

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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:01 pm

:thumbs_up: The Dept. of Environment Affairs for recognizing Mario Scholtz and the SANParks Special Operations unit. :thanx:
Mario and SANParks OP Unit, i can assure you that there are a lot of people that appreciate what you all do. :hands:
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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:35 am

Well done to those who work with integrity and vision.

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Re: Congratulations SANParks Spes. Ops. and Mario

Unread post by Carol g » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:19 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: well done!!!!
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Fantastic service from Kgalagadi staff.

Unread post by enrico » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:42 pm

Arrived at Nossob on the 6th of November for the night enroute to Grootkolk for three nights only to be told there was no diesel as the fuel bowser was stuck at Kameelsleep. :shock:
Word was that help was to be sent from Twee Rivieren to free the truck and it was expected at Nossob around 10am on the morning of the 7th.
By 1pm there was no sign of the truck and no definative word on its progress. :(

We had sufficient fuel to get to Grootkolk but definately none for game viewing and precious little to get back to Nossob.
Had visions of spending our entire time at Grootkolk in the camp until Jaco the Nossob camp manager came to our rescue.
He told us to proceed to Grootkolk and that he would deliver diesel to us the next day.

True to his word 45 litres arrived the next morning which Franco the Grootkolk camp attendant kindly assisted me in transferring to the truck.

Jaco,many thanks for going the extra mile through no fault of your own to make our stay at Grootkolk as memorable as ever. :clap: :clap:
Franco,many thanks for organising the logistics,made more difficult by the fact that Grootkolk has no direct radio contact with Nossob and everything had to be relayed via Gharagab. :clap: :clap:

You guys rock. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Fantastic service from Kgalagadi staff.

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:53 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great news......... :thumbs_up:
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