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Mokala turns 6 & winners of Arid Regional Achievement Awards

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Mokala turns 6 & winners of Arid Regional Achievement Awards

Unread post by Lesego » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:30 pm

The South African National Parks' (SANParks) Arid Regional Achievement Awards took place on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 in Mokala National Park. The hosting park, Mokala also celebrated its 6th birthday with all the award winners. The venue buzzed with excitement and anticipation in line with the special “Digging for Diamonds” themed event.

“These awards are a vehicle for SANParks to say thank you to the staff who tirelessly work at keeping this organisation a leader in its market. A special thanks to everyone who has received an award, you are living up to the request to establish a legacy that will live on forever. Also tonight is a special night for Mokala National Park, SANParks’ “baby” park, which turns 6 years old today”, said the Mokala Park Manager, Deon Joubert in his welcome address.

The Awards were adjudicated by the Arid Regional Management team and were judged on areas such as overall performance, implementation of various systems, financial performance and management, guest complaints and compliments, compliance to policies and general neatness of the facility. Awards were given to individual staff members who have excelled in various categories.

Ranger of the Year went to Albert Bojane and Petrus Schreuder. Albert hails from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and despite a disability resulting from a lion retrieval, Albert has displayed excellent service delivery as a field ranger. Petrus, from Namaqua National Park, and his willingness to go the extra mile is an example to all staff and made him the other winner in this category.

Outstanding Service in the Workplace went to Maria Pieriga from Namaqua National Park, Andries Renoster from Mokala National Park, Hendrik Prins from |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Carmen Cloete from |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Rawline Bezuidenhout from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. All of these winners stood out in their respective fields of Tourism and service delivery to internal and external clients.

The Constituency Builder Award went to Sarah Letsoalo from Mokala National Park. She always sets an example of what can be achieved if you are willing to go the extra mile.

The Leadership Award went to Nicholas De Goede, Park Manager of |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park as he displayed resourcefulness in overcoming many challenges and still excelled as an example.

The Regional Managers Award was awarded to Katrina Neels from Augrabies National Park and Willem De Wet of |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Katrina was recognised for her continued excellent client service, efficiency and always giving her best. Willem was recognised for his hard work, passion and commitment to SANParks.

The Business Partner of the Year went to The Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape, for their enormous support in jointly developing and supporting tourism in the Northern Cape.

The winner of the Entrance Gate/Reception of the year went to Groenrivier Entrance Gate, Namaqua National Park.

The Rest Camp of the Year went to Mosu Lodge, Mokala National Park and the Park of the year went to Mokala National Park.

The final award of the evening was the Park Manager of the Year Award and this went to Deon Joubert from Mokala National Park. He received this award for his significant progress in research of the conservation and constituency building functions while exceeding financial and tourism targets under difficult circumstances.

“The winners from tonight are a proud example of the work that SANParks strives to do on a daily basis and we hope that they will be an inspiration to those they work with and meet every day,” concluded Park Manager of the Year winner, Deon Joubert.

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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:42 pm


Well done to all!!! Some really great achievements here... richly deserved by everyone. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by MarkusF » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:02 pm

Happy birthday Mokala and congratulations to all the Award winners! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:21 pm

Hearty congratulations Mokala. I will still come and visit you!

And to all the winners :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by Stoffel » Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:20 pm

It is no surprise to me that Mokala received the award as "Park of the Year" and Mosu Lodge being judged as "Rest Camp of the Year". We visit Mosu at least twice a year when I have to go and work in the Modder River- and Douglas areas.

If you have not been to Mokala yet - you are missing out big time.

Congratulations Deon (Park Manager) and Tess (Hospitality Manager) together with all your personnel. Friendlier receptionists like Bettie Renoster and Elsa Heyns is nowhere to be found. If there was a category of "Best Restaurant", Mosu's restaurant could also have been rewarded as the best SANParks restaurant in the whole of South Africa.

You are a lot of stars at Mokala.
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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by SHAKYJAKES » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:20 pm

Congrats to all :clap: :clap: :gflower:

Albert well done to you, showing us that a disability should not prevent you to excel in what ever you do.


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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by Jonkers » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:23 pm

nice Mokala, :gflower: I fully understand these prices, I had an excellent stay and hope to be back

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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:29 pm

Stoffel wrote:If you have not been to Mokala yet - you are missing out big time.

I have been missing out big time !

Happy Birthday and well done Mokala ! :clap: Super achievements for a "baby" Park 8) !

A :gflower: to ALL Arid Regional Achievement Award winners :D
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Re: Mokala National Park turns 6 years.

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:32 pm

Congrats to Mokala, indeed a gem of a park :clap: :clap:

And to all the winners of the Arid Regional Achievement Awards :clap: :clap: You guys rock!!! Thank you for going that extra mile :thumbs_up:

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