New guards boost security in the KNP

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New guards boost security in the KNP

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As part of wider security strategies being implemented in the fight against *** poaching, Kruger National Park (KNP) Management inaugurated 128 new security guards at the passing-out parade today, 24 October 2013 at Skukuza.

“The new recruits are meant to mainly manage access control at the entrance gates, provide asset security, monitor and control movement control throughout the Park as well as to conduct other policing duties that are safety and security related. As custodians of wildlife and its conservation, we warmly welcome this step as it will provide the much needed boost to the current team of ranger corps and should be seen as a necessary measure to top-up on our anti-poaching efforts”, said the KNP Managing Executive, Abe Sibiya.

The pre-selection process which took place in August 2013 required hopeful guard trainees to go through the vetting process such as language proficiency tests, criminal record checks; medical and physical fitness screening and they had to portray dedication and the right attitude; as well as team work spirit to qualify for the job.

Those who succeeded went on holistic, rigorous and intense month-long security training, followed by the passing out parade today. The deployment to the various strategic areas throughout the Park is with immediate effect, starting today.

For the past ten years, the Park outsourced its security service at the entry/exit points to private companies, as such was not totally involved in the guards’ selection and training process. “It is an absolute must that we prioritize the protection of this heritage and use every tactic which can assist in ensuring that the total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity, concluded Sibiya.

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The squad performs the March Past towards the end of proceedings.

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Officer Commanding- Special Projects, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste and Manager: Protection Services, Lt Col (Ret) Victor Nxumalo inspect the squad during the Security Guards’ Passing-out Parade at Skukuza.

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Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste hands-over certificates to students – Sinda Micheal Mabunda – best overall, Promise Dibakwane and Edward Machete – best theoretical, Bonginkosi Malinda – best practical, Thulani Sondhale – best improved, as well as the Platoons Commanders – Corporals. Chochi, Kgoogo, Melodise and Masilela who all passed out today. Looking on is SANDF’s Sergeant Major Khumalo.
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Truly fantastic news!! Thanks so much, Les :gflower:
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:gflower: Lesego....Thanks for the Great news :gflower:
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This is really great news, I look forward to meeting some of them on my next visit :thumbs_up:
It will be nice to see the people at the gates in Sanparks uniform :D :thumbs_up:
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What good news! :clap: :clap:

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isinkwe wrote:This is really great news..........
It will be nice to see the people at the gates in Sanparks uniform :D :thumbs_up:


I was thinking exactly the same :D it makes such a difference. Like it used to be in fact. Now we can also tell who is who in the coffee pot.

This is good news wonder if these newbies have done security work before, one month is very short for the whole process from pre-selection to in the field I must say? Very intense.

Good work. I hope many more vehicles will be able to be searched, all vehicles leaving and entering in fact. Im completely happy myself with the slight wait this would entail. :) It always worried me that some vehicles just left for example no search at all. I hope the search includes all employers at the park too you cant be lax about anyone given the seriousness of the horrific poaching situation. :|
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Wonderful news, but I hope they search all vehicles and do not "favour" some. With these guys on the gates and the SANDF and SANParks men in the bush, hopefully there will be a decline in the number of poaching incidents.

On a recent trip we saw 3 SANParks armed field rangers walking down a dry river bed, intently looking for footprints! This was near Tshokwane. Great to see action.
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Great news
but hope that they will be very strict :thumbs_up:
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This is good news. I also hpoe that they will be very strict Bert. I further hope that they will also call those who speed and litter to order.
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Lesego wrote:
For the past ten years, the Park outsourced its security service at the entry/exit points to private companies, as such was not totally involved in the guards’ selection and training process. “It is an absolute must that we prioritize the protection of this heritage and use every tactic which can assist in ensuring that the total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity, concluded Sibiya.


Hi Lesego,

What does Sibiya means with the above statement? Does that mean that the park no longer outsourced its security service and that the new recruits replace the previous guards with still the same number of guards at 9 - 11 gates.

What will happen in case of strikes and will the guards only be used at the gates. My calculations says about 12 guards per gate working one long shifts of 12 hours 7 days a week.

Will these guards also be used to man road blocks or is it only at the gates where you will have security and not in the camps.
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The newly appointed security guards stationed at Kruger Gate have arrested two females between the age of 30 - 40 found in a possession of six bags of dagga. The market value of this dagga is estimated to the value of R100 000.00.

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This is great news, but at same time highlights just how bad the security was that 2 females were confident enough to assume they could just drive through the gates. Makes one wonder what has been pouring through this gate previously. :hmz: :hmz:

Also does not say if they were going in or out, if going in why would they be taking 6 bags in, if going out where did it come from inside Kruger or did it come through another gate and Kruger is used as a transit?
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I am also wondering if it was dagga was imported into Kruger from Hazyview or did it came across the border with Kruger. I found some stats on goods confiscated the previous years, although not only in Kruger, but you will note high trafficking of illegal goods across our borders.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31478&catid=74&Itemid=30

Great to hear that if these smugglers can slip through the SADF they are still caught on the other side unless I interpreted the info wrong and some-one wants to smoke lots of pot in Kruger. :whistle:
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ecojunkie wrote:Great news! And I even got stopped and checked today......I was only coming from an office the other side of the gate....in uniform, with my decals on! So good to know they will check carefully.


EJ, That is really great news that even a Legend such as yourself was searched. I am very pleased that staff are also checked :thumbs_up:

I would never object to being searched at the gates,(I have often commented about how lax security has been in the past) in fact anyone who has a passion for the park would not mind being searched either, the security guards are ultimately there to help protect what we love the most- Kruger Park :D

Well done once again to the new security men and women at the gates :thumbs_up:
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:
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Just back from a short visit; in at Kruger Gate and out a day later at Orpen; the new security personnel are a VAST improvement.
Careful checks of the vehicle on entry and on leaving.
Cheerful, polite and enthusiastic individuals.

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