Website Community Choice Award - Kudu Awards 2015

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Website Community Choice Award - Kudu Awards 2015

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Dear SANParks forum members

This is YOUR chance, as a member of the SANParks forums, to reward excellence in the SANParks workplace.

The Kudu Awards ceremony will be held in October 2015. Please see this announcement.

The Website Community Choice Award is for an individual who is nominated and voted for on the SANParks Forums by SANParks Forum members for exceptional service in the workplace. This award can provide deserved recognition for some of the unsung heroes in the parks (whether they are online or not).

wanda's post in 2007 when the WCCA was initiated wrote:The Kudu Awards, which is aimed at recognising excellent contributions to conservation by external stakeholders, is open to public contributions and has always been and I would like to encourage you to throw in your lot before the closing date. The Chief Executive Award, however, which is aimed at rewarding and recognising excellent performance by SANParks staff members and is part of the umbrella that is called Kudu Awards for logistical reasons, is one that has not been open to public participation.

This website forumite category then is one that is aimed at giving our valued stakeholders an opportunity to choose the person they consider to have been the best service provider to the public within SANParks as our staff cannot be chosen for the external Kudu Award.

I must also add that members of our Executive Management do not qualify for a Chief Executive Award and may not be nominated in this category either, in case you were considering anyone of them.


Please note that SANParks Communications personnel at Groenkloof and in the Clusters/Parks also do not qualify for nomination for the WCCA.

Please read the Rules and Guidelines below on how to nominate and how to vote.

Once the nominations are all in, they will be listed on the forums and a voting process will take place where you, the SANParks Forum member can cast your vote for the nominee of your choice.

All nominees, motivations and the results of the voting process will be submitted to the Kudu Award Panel for final adjudication.

Rules and Guidelines

Timelines:
Nominations will close at midnight CAT on 5 July 2015

Voting will begin on 6 July 2015 and will close at 13:00 CAT on 30 July 2015

Who is eligible to nominate and to vote:
1. All registered SANParks Forum members who were registered on the forums on or before 7 June 2015 and have a minimum post count of 20, may nominate and have one vote.

2. Forum moderators may not nominate.

Nomination process:
1. Please remember to provide the full name of the person you are nominating,
the park that they are stationed at and,
your motivation for why you are nominating them.
Please ask the moderators for assistance if you do not have the full name of the person you wish to nominate.

2. Post your nomination on this topic. You may nominate as many candidates you feel worthy of a nomination. If the candidate of your choice has already been nominated by another forum member, you may nominate them again. Being nominated for this award is an honour, so let us honour these deserving people.

3. Post each candidate/nomination in a separate post.

4. No discussion nor chit chat is allowed in this topic.

5. Any evidence of lobbying or canvassing for nominations and/or votes for, or on behalf, of a nominee, will result in the nominee being disqualified.

Qualification for nomination:
1. Personnel in the Communication department of SANParks and SANParks Executive Management may not be nominated.

2. Only SANParks employees qualify for nomination.

Voting process:
1. All nominees will be placed on a 'ballot list' on the forums in alphabetical order.

2. Only registered SANParks Forum members who have registered on the SANParks forum on or before 7 June 2015 and have a minimum post count of 20 may vote.

3. Only one vote per forum member.

4. Votes will be cast by a process of emailing SANParks (email address will be provided once the voting process starts) from the email address your user name on the forums is registered at.

5. In the email state your forum username and the nominee you are voting for.

Should you have any questions please PM any of the forum moderators.
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Re: Website Community Choice Award - Kudu Awards 2015

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I would like to nominate:

Christa von Elling

Hospitality Manager at Shingwedzi Camp KNP

For motivating and inspiring her staff to continue to achieve and reach new heights in customer service at Shingwedzi.
Christa regularlary receives compliments on the her management style, her friendliness towards guests and the service received by the reception and camp staff.
She certainly leads by example and is a great asset to SANParks.
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My nomination is for Nombuso Shando - Reception staff at Skukuza

I am nominating her for showing a tremendous amount of sympathy and empathy on a day when my car broke down outside Skukuza. I had a reservation for Lower Sabi that night, but she managed to find me accommodation at Skukuza and changed the reservation without any hassle. Her kindness and calm attitude when I was stressed and panicked meant the world to me. She was supportive and went out of her way to help me and to try and make my stressful experience a little less stressful. She is a great asset to the staff compliment at Skukuza.
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I would also like to nominate Cedric Khoza, part of the staff a the Skukuza Office.

This relates to the incident when my car broke down. I was fully prepared to walk a couple of trips between the reception office and my bungalow to move all my luggage and the items I had to remove from my car when it was towed. Cedric would have none if it. I was able to load all my belongings onto his bakkie, and he drove me the short distance to the bungalow where he also helped me carry all my luggage and belongings into the bungalow. He also made light conversation the whole time, and by the time he left, I was a lot less stressed than I had been a few hours earlier! His assistance may not seem like a lot, but this small act of kindness meant the world to me. It is great people like him that makes returning to Sanparks a pleasant experience.
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I would like to nominate Richard Ockers, guide at Augrabies National Park.

He has a passion for nature conservation, and a very positive attitude towards his work, is very courteous towards the people he takes on drives, and is very loyal to SANParks. He was very informative about the plants, trees, animals, and birds of Augrabies. He is currently still learning to post pictures on the forum, but has posted a few of his sightings on night drives, and is trying his best.
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Another deserving person whom I would like to nominate, is Eric Minnies, camp attendant at Urikaruus. A very friendly person, who welcomed us very warmly, took us to our unit (no. 3), informed us how everything works, told us what we may or may not do in the unfenced camp, and made sure there was enough gas for hot water and the fridge, informed us about recent sightings at the waterhole, etc. A person that certainly enjoys his job!

When we came back from a late afternoon drive, we told him about a Cheetah mom and two youngsters who were feeding on a Springbok they have caught, and told him he must quickly go and have a look, not realising that he has no transport in the camp. Then we said we'll take him to show him, but loyal to his work as he is, he said he is not allowed to leave the camp, (which we did not know at the time) and thanked us for the offer. Shame, he ended up watching the Cheetahs on our cameras.

He also told us that they stay in the camp for two weeks at a time, then they get a week off to go home. He doesn't see his family for two weeks at a time.
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My third nomination would go to Eric Bezuidenhout, camp attendant at Gharagab.

Another very loyal SANParks employee. He also welcomed us very warmly, took us to our unit (no. 1), informed us how everything works, told us what we may or may not do in the unfenced camp, and made sure there was enough gas for hot water and the fridge and stove, and informed us about recent sightings at the waterhole, etc.

I was enjoying the Kgalagadi so much, that I forgot to charge my camera's battery at Nossob before we went to Gharagab, and while I was taking pictures of Brown Hyenas at the waterhole, I got the dreadful message on my camera's screen "Battery depleted". I was in distress! What would I do the next day and night before I can charge the battery at Mata Mata, our next camp? Fortunately Eric was doing his rounds to make sure everything was fine for the night, and saw my predicament. Wonderful person as he is, he offered to charge my camera's battery at his unit during the night. Early the next morning, while there were two Lionesses at the waterhole, Eric brought me my fully charged battery back.

He also told us that they stay in the camp for two weeks at a time, then they get a week off to go home. He doesn't see his family for two weeks at a time. These camp attendants must be very lonely during these two weeks. They also have to ensure that they have enough food, etc., for the two week period before they go home again.
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I would like to nominate Tshegofatso Raborifi.
She works in Marakele National Park. The whole positive and energetic vibe at the EE Centre is because of her! She is a bundle of energy, loves her work and it shows, especially when she works with the children. Tshegofatso is dedicated and she does her work with such passion. Many children and adults who have dealt with her note her enthusiasm. She is one of those staff members who goes the extra mile and does her work with a smile. Even when talking on the phone and organising practicalities or booking the EE Centre, you experience her positivity. I hope this nomination will acknowledge her dedication and positive contribution to SANParks. She is indeed making a positive difference.
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I would like to nominate Dorris Khoza, a cleaning lady at Tshokwane in KNP. She not only performs her duties impeccably and with a smile, but she puts in a lot of extra effort into beautifying the surroundings. She makes lovely flower arrangements for the ladies toilets (don"t know about the mens, maybe someone could help out here?) and has built up a garden of driftwood and stones, rocks and pebble paths around the area. In the garden are planted various indigenous plants such as aloes which, when I saw them in June had reached the flower-bud stage. Dorris has had to protect these beds from the bushbuck whilst the plants are young, so she has covered them with thorn branches, but they really are worthy of a closer look. In addition, Dorris is an articulate, friendly lady who wears her uniform with pride and is a credit to her employers, SANParks.
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I would like to nominate Titus Nkuna who is the Superintendent of Balule Camp. Titus has been with Kruger for 25 years and for the last 22 years he has been running Balule Camp. He keeps the camp in amazing condition with the sites and ablutions in spotless condition. He is always there to offer advice when asked and always with a smile on his face.
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I would also like to nominate Rodgers Hobyane, superintendent of Tsendze Camp, and Elina Mona who is assistant superintendent of Tsendze. I nominate them together as they work as an amazing team and together ensure that every guest has a wonderful stay at the camp they manage. I first met Rodgers at Shimuwini some 9 years ago, and when I arrived at Tsendze for my first visit to that camp, he immediately recognised me and made me welcome. Rodgers and Elina do a walk around all the camp sites just after the gates close and check to see that all their guests are settled and need for nothing. The camp is kept in spotless condition by these two diligent and dedicated staff members.
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Congratulations to all the nominees! And thank you to all who nominated.

Nominations have now closed. The Ballot will be posted shortly.
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Dear Forum Members

Nominations have closed and the voting process has started.

Please follow these rules to vote:

Voting process:
1. All nominees will be placed on a 'ballot list' on the forums in alphabetical order. Ballot list here

2. Only registered SANParks Forum members who have registered on the SANParks forum on or before 7 June 2015 and have a minimum post count of 20 may vote.

3. Only one vote per forum member.

4. Votes will be cast by a process of emailing SANParks to [email protected]. from the email address your user name on the forums is registered at. Subject heading 'WCCA 2015 vote' .

5. In the email state your forum username and the nominee you are voting for.
Voting closes at 13:00 CAT on 30 July 2015
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Done. Thanks DB.
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Done, DinkyBird :gflower:
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