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17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by Elsa » Sat May 14, 2016 10:17 pm

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KNP ACHIEVERS GET HONOURED FOR BEST EFFORT

The 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place last night, 13 May 2016 in Skukuza.

“These are men and women who serve as an example and epitome of excellence in the Kruger National Park. Some were outstanding in the workplace, others gave outstanding service to clients, some worked well as a team whereas some developed and honed others’ skills; we have seen highly creative individuals. We also have amongst the nominees, those who have worked tirelessly in the conservation industry for over four decades, which says a lot about the calibre of personnel the Park has”, said the KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.

Awards were given to KNP Staff members who either excelled in the categories of “outstanding in the workplace” and “outstanding service to clients” in the past year or over a long period. Other awards categories given were: “Lifetime Achievement Award”, “Ranger Post of the Year”, “Camp of the Year”, “Bush Camp of the Year”, “Department of the Year”, “Entrance Gate of the Year”, “Wilderness Trails Camp of the Year”, “Special Team Effort Award, “Most Cleanest Residential Area”, “Appreciation Awards”, “Bravery Award”, Environmental Education contribution Award and “Website Community Choice Award” and “Managing Executive Special Awards”.

Total SA, which has supported the event since its inception, awarded the “Total SA Top Service Award” for the best performing petrol station in the Park.

All the finalists went through a selection phase based on a set of stringent assessment criteria. Apart from their extra mile achievements, individual nominees had to possess qualities such as independent and progressive thinking, initiative and creativity, a positive approach to work, leadership and ability to interact at all levels regardless of training and skills. The awards for facilities 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.


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Photo 1: Olifants Rest Camp received the Camp of the Year award
Nxanatseni General Manager - Reuben Ngwenya (left) and KNP Managing Executive (right) – Glenn Phillips with Olifants Camp staff members (from middle clockwise) Titus Nkuna, Lerato Khoza (Hospitality Services Manager) and Vusi Mkansi

Photo 2 -- Bateleur scooped the Bush Camp of the Year.jpg


Photo 2: Bush Camp of the Year went to Bateleur
Total SA General Manager: Strategy - Pansy Mekwa, Letaba Hospitality Services Manager – Mpho Mudau, Nxanatseni Regional Manager - Reuben Ngwenya, Bateleur Hospitality Manager – Lolly Nyundu and KNP Managing Executive – Glenn Phillips.

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Photo 3: Entrance Gate of the Year went to Phalaborwa Gate
Total SA’s Pansy Mekwa, Nxanatseni Regional Manager - Reuben Ngwenya, Phalaborwa Gate Official – Tiyisela Patrick Vukeya and KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips

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Photo 4: Wilderness Trails Camp of the Year went to Nyalaland
Total SA’s Pansy Mekwa, Nxanatseni Regional Activities Coordinator - Tshepo Mathebula and KNP Managing Executive - Glenn Phillips.

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Photo 5: Ranger Post of the Year went to Kingfisherspruit Section
Total SA’s Pansy Mekwa (left) and KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips (right) with Kingfisherspruit Ranger Staff. From middle clockwise are Corporal Lucky Ndlovu, Field Rangers Oswell Mathebula and Jethro Mzimba

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Photo 6: Department of the Year went to Communications and Marketing
In the front row are Itumeleng Khadambi and Lesley Nyawo
Back row: Intern Vonani Makaringe, Total SA’s Pansy Mekwa, KNP Marketing Manager - Nhlanhla Themba, KNP Internal Communications Practitioner – Lindiwe Mbowane, KNP’s GM: Communications & Marketing/SANParks Acting Head of Communications – William Mabasa, SANParks General Manager: Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations – Reynold Thakhuli, Public Relations Practitioner – Patricia Mohlala, KNP Librarian – Rachel Lewele, PA to KNP General Manager Communications & Marketing – Setty Mongwaketse, SANParks Media Specialist – Isaac Phaahla and KNP Managing Executive – Glenn Phillips


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Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262 cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

Media enquiries:
William Mabasa, Acting Head of Communications – SANParks. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363/012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun May 15, 2016 12:46 pm

CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Michele Hofmeyr
Dr. Edward Riddell
Nelson Mudzedzi
Meurel Baloyi

TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARMENT

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Richard Themba
Petrus van Wyk
Linford Molaba
Alfred Khoza
Jim Shadrack Mhlongo
Jan Chawana
Donald Chiloane
Reckson Baloyi
Eckson Mhlanga

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Cindy Lukhele

SCIENTIFIC SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Nokukhanya Mpanza
Patricia Khoza


HUMAN CAPITAL DEPARTMENT

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Nonhlahla Ntimane
Anickie Mthebula
Phineas Nxumalo
Patrick Dube
Thonny Lubisi
Confidence Chauke

COMMUNCATIONS AND MARKETING

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Tronity Lindiwe Mbowane

PEOPLE AND CONSERVATION

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Lucia Hlatshwayo
Jeremiah Machavi

RANGER SERVICES


COMBINED REGIONS (Marula & Nxanatseni)
Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace

Nelson Nkuna
Ernest Manyike
Harrison Mathebula
Hendry Maswanganyi
Joes Shihlangu
John Sibiya
Albert Smith
Robert Hlane
Baloi Mduduza
Robert Baxter
Adolph Mashabane
Mizi Marima
Richard Sowry
James Jack Manzini
Brian Nkuna
Katherina Keet
Samuel Sehwana
Sam Baloi
Daniel Chavalala (Phalaborwa)
Robert Thomson
Mkhacani Daniel Chavalala (Pafuri)
Nkateko Vicent Hlungwani
Sandra Visagie
Tomas Macie

PROTECTION SERVICES

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Mahlatse Mabetlela
Godfrey Ndhlovu
Ayanda Ndebele

WILDERNESS TRAILS

Category: Outstanding Service to Tourists/ Customers/ Clients
Rangani Tsanwani
Moses Mokansi
Jobe Shabangu
Ronnie Mulhovo


MARULA REGION

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Anna Khoza
Vincent Manhique
Gideon Sibuyi
John Mnyuku
Ntombizodwa Mahlalela

Category: Outstanding Service to Tourists/ Customers/ Clients
Thembi Mavunlha
Noel Ngwenya
Zulu Bridgeman
Rofhiwa Nedididi
Dumisane Ntlemo
Lunga Mamize
Johannes Ndzovela
Aitah Mogane

NXANATSENI REGION

Category: Outstanding Service in the Workplace
Titus Nkuna
Bassie Marivate

May I request the audience to stand up and observe a moment of silence before we award Silas Mukoki with a post humus award for outstanding service in the workplace. May his family representative come forward to receive his award.

Category: Outstanding Service to Tourists/ Customers/ Clients
Rodgers Hobyane
Elinah Mona
Welheminah Mabasa

ENTERTAINMENT

MANAGING EXECUTIVE SPECIAL AWARDS

Lesley Nyawo
Dr Marisa Coetzee
Danny Thwala
Otch Otto
Christa von Elling

SPECIAL TEAM EFFORT AWARD
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
KNP Aerial Census Team
Walk and Learn on the Wild side Team

DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR
Communications and Marketing Department

CAMP OF THE YEAR
Olifants Camp

WILDERNESS TRAILS CAMP OF THE YEAR
Nyalaland Wilderness Trails

BUSH CAMP OF THE YEAR
Bateleur

RANGER POST OF THE YEAR
Kingfisherspruit

ENTRANCE GATE OF THE YEAR
Phalaborwa Gate

MOST CLEANEST RESIDENTIAL AREA OR LIVING QUARTERS
Stolsnek Ranger Staff village

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Dyondzekani Primary School




LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nicholas Zambatis
Nicholas Zambatis is retiring at the end of June 2016 after a career of 43 years in conservation. Before he joined SANParks his career kicked off in the old Transvaal Provincial Administration Nature Conservation and progressed as follows:
1972 – 1987 TPA Nature Conservation - specialist scientist section
• During this period he did work with a team on Sable at Rustenberg Nature Reserve
• He assisted with Oribi Capture for the division.
• He assisted with Lion and Elephant work at Klaserie and Timbavati Private Nature reserves
• He drew maps of the two private nature reserves
• He started a herbarium collection at Hans Hoheisen Research Station
• He became the Officer-in-Charge of Hans Hoheisen Research station
• He drafted a Water Provision policy for Suikerbosrand Nature reserve
1987 – 2015 SANParks – Kruger National Park
• Nick worked for Scientific Services from 1987–2007 as a technician initially and later as a scientist
• He worked with the Weather Station and its data and ensured that the weather data was reliable and of a high standard, thus assisting in making Skukuza weather station one of the best run stations in SA
• He was the co-developer of the Veld Condition Assessment technique and ensured that the VCA data analysis was properly updated. He also revised the methods and assisted with the woody survey data planning
• During this period he completed his MSc degree which he passed with distinction
• He moved across to Conservation Management in 2007
• He acted as Fire Protection Officer in KNP and assisted with getting all the relevant and required documentation in place for the Greater Kruger Fire Protection Agency, including the GKFPA Business Plan and the KNP Veld Fire Protocol
• Nick has excellent writing skills and he drafted many a protocol, including for Problem Animals, Hot-work Permits, Acquisition and Use of Firewood, Demolition of Obsolete Structures, Management of Ornamental Plants, as well as the latest revision of the KNP Code of Conduct
• His calculations in terms of how evapotranspiration increases and decreases as the day progresses led to irrigation restrictions during the previous droughts, which is still in place today.

Throughout all the years that Nick has done plant collection for herbaria he has collected over 2100 specimens. These are in the Hans Hoheisen herbarium, Skukuza Biological Collection and the Pretoria National Herbarium. As recognition for all this work and particularly in the Lowveld a plant was named after him: The plant is Nesaea zambatidis.

BRAVERY AWARD

Vusi Mkansi
In recognition for his bravery in putting his life in danger to save the Olifants generator room that caught fire. He was instrumental in ensuring that the fire was contained without causing further damage and helped prevent what could have become an expensive and tragic event.

Just to give you an idea why he is being recognized, the generator room is next to the linen and living quarters and also next to it there are 2 X 2000l Diesel Tank which means there was a potential of the linen room and part of the living quarters also catching fire. When the Phalaborwa fire station team arrived they found that there was nothing to do since the fire was already dead. He is a remarkable employee because he often goes beyond the call of duty. Ladies and gentlemen please help me to congratulate Vusi Mkansi.

APPRECIATION AWARDS

(External Sponsors who contribute to activities and projects in the KNP)
(ORGANISATIONS & Individuals)

Capitec Bank
• In appreciation for their continued support for the Kruger National Park’s regional sports activities since 2009.

Nedbank
• For their generous donation of a classroom and educational equipment worth R250 000 in 2015 towards the Divuseni Home-based Day Centre in the Kruger National Park.

Miss. Gladys Mathebula
• For her continued effort in disseminating information on daily basis and educating communities in Bushbuckridge about Conservation, Heritage and Tourism through the Bushbuckridge Community Radio Station particularly on issues of Rhino poaching.

Biodiversity Social Project Program
• In appreciation for the on-going commitment of the BSP program and its major contribution towards attaining the core nature conservation objectives and wildlife economy of the KNP.

Mr. Raymond Steyn
• For the dedicated and continuous support provided to SANParks Airwing which has positively impacted the operational capability and further enhancing the fight against Rhino poaching within Kruger National Park.

Mr. Allan and Madeleine Campbell
• For their continued support and participation in the spiritual wellbeing of staff in the KNP through their involvement in the KNP through their involvement in the Kruger Park for Jesus project since 2009.

Ms. Dalene Preston
• For her dedication and the support that she gives to SANParks’ on line pages as Moderator on the SANParks Forum and other social media platforms.

Ms Rosemary Hancock
• For her dedicated service to SANParks and ambassadorship towards the Kruger National Parks Emerging Tuskers Project which it flourishes on social media platform.


CHIEF EXECUTIVE AWARDS:
Category: Website Community Choice Award

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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun May 15, 2016 12:58 pm

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Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Nicholas Zambatis

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Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Nicholas Zambatis

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Special Team Effort goes to KNP Aerial Census Team

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Special Team Effort goes to Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre

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Walk and Learn on the Wild Side Project team

Photo 10 - Most Cleanest Residential Area - goes to Stolsnek Staff Village.jpg
Most Cleanest Residential Area - goes to Stolsnek Staff Village

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Environmental Education Contribution Award goes to Dyondzekani Primary School
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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed May 18, 2016 6:11 pm

This was a lovely, smart, slick event. A happy occasion, a celebration of all those who go the extra mile in the Kruger. Each person received their award with such pride. Kruger is in good hands.

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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by stefan9 » Sun May 22, 2016 8:54 pm

Congrats to all the winners. Thanx for all the hardwork you do for our national heritage.
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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon May 23, 2016 7:22 am

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to all.

A very special

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to our very own DinkyBird and RosemaryH.
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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon May 23, 2016 7:59 am

Congratulations and well done those who is looking after our beloved Kruger National Park :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: 17th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards

Unread post by redwingstarling » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:57 pm

Yay to Nyalaland Wilderness Trail which has won again! This trail and their staff really deserve the accolade. :gflower:


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