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Media Release: Awards aplenty for Mountain Zebra National Park
Date: 16th July 2013
Mountain Zebra National Park walked away from the 2012/13 SANParks Regional Awards evening with an armful of awards. The ceremony is held annually to celebrate the top achievers from the four national parks in the Frontier Region – namely Addo Elephant-, Mountain Zebra-, Camdeboo- and Karoo National Parks.
This year’s event was hosted in Graaff-Reinet, with Camdeboo National Park right on its doorstep.
Mountain Zebra National Park scooped two of the evening’s most prestigious awards – Best Performing Entrance Gate of the Year, as well as Best Performing Reception of the Year, proving that the Park’s staff is the friendliest, most welcoming and most professional – constantly focussed on providing guests with outstanding customer service.
Individual awards on the evening went to Senior Section Ranger, Craig Williams and Guide and Field Ranger Michael Paxton. Williams received the Frontier Shield for Bravery award for his quick thinking and bravery in June 2012 when his colleagues were attacked by a black rhino. Craig managed to move his colleagues out of harm’s way in the initial stage of the rhino charging the four rangers. Paxton walked away with two awards - Best Customer Service for his continued excellent service to tourists on activities such as game drives and guided walks, featuring regularly in compliments on guests’ positive feedback on the Park. For his outstanding work in this field, Paxton also received a Regional Manager’s Award.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Best Performing Entrance Gate of the Year: SANParks Managing Executive: Parks Division, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa and Mountain Zebra National Park Gate guards, Mhlabantu Yokwe and Xolani Kalashe.
Best Performing Reception of the Year: SANParks Managing Executive: Parks Division, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa, Reception staff Jeanie Botha and Melisizwe Jali and Regional General Manager, Lucius Manager.
Frontier Shield for Bravery: SANParks Managing Executive: Parks Division, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa, Senior Section Ranger, Craig Williams and Regional General Manager, Lucius Manager
Best Customer Service and Regional Manager’s Award: SANParks Managing Executive: Parks Division, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa, Guide and Field Ranger, Michael Paxton and Regional General Manager, Lucius Manager.
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications
Tel: 042 233 8609
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
Tel: 042 233 8609; Cell: 082 888 0201