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 Post subject: Mapungubwe: Update on floods 2013
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:02 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thanks for the link DinkyB :thumbs_up:

Here is a follow-up update on the heavy rains experienced in Mapungubwe.

UPDATE ON RAIN SITUATION IN MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK & WORLD HERITAGE SITE

• Bridge collapsed on R572 between Musina and Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. Access to the park not possible.
• R572 from Alldays to Musina is accessible up to the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site.
• 80% rain predicated today for the area according to SA Weather Services.
• Staff trapped in the following staff villages are being air lifted by the Limpopo Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
• Samaria
• Limpopo Tented camp
• Rossdrift

The following facilities are also affected:
• Vhembe Trails camp
• Limpopo Tented camp
• Confluence
• Tree top
All tourists have been safely evacuated and are accommodated in Leokwe camp which is currently not open to the public.

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For more information:
Media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli, GM Media Liaison Tel: 012 4265203 Cell: 0733734999
Divhani Maremba, Communications Manager: Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site. Cell: 082 941 9980.
Tourist information:
Norman Mudau: Hospitality Services Manager: Tel: 015 534 7923/24, Cell: 084 700 4367

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thank You Lesego You are my Hero. I just spoke to Norman and got all the information I needed.

To think I've only been back on the forum for a week and already it has helped me so much.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Glad I could help :)

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Sorry Lesego What is the story with the dam that broke. I now have the whole world on my back and apparently somebody hear about a dam that broke and the water is still on the way?

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thank you Lesego !!! My thoughts are with everybody at Limpopo Tented Camp, Dan, Matron, kids, and Lucky. Margaret and Frieda pray your home isn’t under water !! :shock: Johannes and Rosina at Tshugulu, hope everybody is safe. wow a helicopter ride :shock:
Wish I was there with all the water around and to see a swollen big blue Sashe.
Good luck to everybody at Mapungubwe!!!thinking of you. God bless.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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And my husband is heading into the eye of the storm. :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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From the beeld: http://www.beeld.com/Galleries/Image/Fo ... Vloedskade

You can see the Shashe in the distance with the orange orchards from samaria in the foregroup.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thanks for the link! :thumbs_up:

That last pic is just unbelievable. Also unreal to think that we drove on that road from Pafuri at the beginning of the month and how upset I was about the terribly dry conditions and the animals trying to find something to eat
right next to the road. Now it is water everywhere and the road is no more! :shock:

I trust all is well with your hubby?

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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yes all is fine so far he's still there.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thank you to all that PM and worried with me. :gflower:

Just a update Hubby is on his way back. The river level is going down.

But our waterpump was under 6 foot of water and has drowned, we will take the old lady in to the workshop here in JHB and see if they can resusitate her.

For those that don't know yet we are part of the private land that is in Mapungubwe.

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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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The R572 Musina to Mapungubwe is currently in accessible due to the Wiepe bridge that has collapsed.

Visitors can access the park through R572 on the Alldays town site.

Most gravel roads in the park have been closed.

The Limpopo river is still flowing heavily which necessitated a temporary closure on some camps and tourist facilities.

434 mm of rain has been recorded in the area.



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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
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Thanks for those pics, Imberbe, you haven't got any pics of the confluence? It would be interesting to actually see the Shashe coming down and backing up the Limpopo.

Will the park be closed for a long time to repair damage, or is it mostly the wet roads which have necessitated the closure?


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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:44 pm 
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PLEASE HELP

Major floods hit the Northern part of South Africa. Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Parks have been severely affected by these floods.

In Mapungubwe camps were flooded and several staff members lost their possessions when their accommodation was flooded.

In Kruger, Shingwedzi camp was entirely flooded and severe damage was caused. The staff village, home to some 250 people was entirely flooded. Staff members had to be evacuated by helicopter. Staff members lost all their possessions and left only with the clothes on their bodies.

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Fortunately no one has died or been seriously injured. All these people have been severely traumatised. SANParks has provided the people with trauma counselling and supplied the initial needs of food, etc.

SANParks has asked the SANParks Honorary Rangers to head up the relief effort for these members of staff.

There will be an opportunity on the 1st of February for members of the public to donate clothes, blankets and non-perishable foods. This will take place at King David School in Johannesburg at 10:00.

Members of the public are welcome to deliver items to reception at Phalaborwa Gate of Kruger National Park. Here it will be received by the Bushveld Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and distributed to those in need.

The main focus of the relief effort will be to raise funds to supply the flood victims with basic items such as beds, mattresses, blankets and school clothing. SANParks has identified a list of needs to be supplied. These items are best bought in bulk as it ensures that the correct items are bought and makes the logistics much easier to manage.

All money raised will be managed by the SANParks Honorary Rangers. As part of our standard financial practice not a sent raised will be used to cover costs or be used for other purposes.

There are only two ways where the public should donate to this cause:

Money can be donated via the SANParks Honorary Rangers Flood account and GivenGain.

SANParks Honorary Rangers,
Nedbank,
Branch: Die Heuwel, Witbank,
Branch Code: 158-550,
Account No: 1585-392-448,
Account Type: Current
Reference Code: Flood


It is important to use the reference "Flood".

Or via our GivenGain payment system.

Thank you for your support!

It is now an opportunity to look after the people who look after the parks we love so much!

Louis Lemmer
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 Post subject: Re: Update on the Mapungubwe floods
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:09 pm 
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Hi,

First of all I want to say I am thinking of all the people who lost their houses, clothes etc due to all the rainfall.

We are a couple form the Netherlands and intend to come and visit the park next week. We have booked accommodation in Leowke camp for 2 days but I am wondering if it wise to come to the park.
What do you think?
We can still change our plans because we leave on Saturday.

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