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 Post subject: Re: Go Wild - Arid Parks
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:47 am 
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SANParks Mentorship Programme

The SANParks Adopt-a-Learner Mentorship Trial Programme, involving Grade 11 Learners of the Rietfontein Combined School as well as learners from the Duineveld High School, in partnership with various governmental and non-governmental departments, concluded its first experiential learning exercise. This exercise involved a trip to the Augrabies Falls National Park via Upington, where numerous sites of educational value were also visited. The theme of this programme is “Who am I, and where am I heading to”.
Members of the Steering Committee took full charge in the arrangements which started off with an impressive information session at the SA Weather Station, followed by the learners’ exposure to the arrival and departure of domestic flights, information-sharing on the importance of security checks and the intensive role of the Fire and Rescue Team, not only at the airport, but also in support of the whole municipal area when needed. The first day was concluded with a relaxed evening at the movies, by courtesy of Mr. Kruger. These engagements were followed by a full day school visit at Duineveld where a “buddy” system was established by pairing each learner with another learner for the day. Learners engaged in some of the school operational systems, amongst others the hotel and catering as well as mechanical sections, and were also exposed to public speaking techiniques. They also shared some social time where they were lavishly spoilt by their buddies.
Duineveld as a member of this Steering Committee was also vital in the planning of this initiative too, which indeed raised the bar as the beginning of interesting future partnerships in order to contribute positively, not only to the learning culture of these learners, but also in addressing holistic social and career skills development amongst the learners in general. At the end of the school day the Rietfontein group were treated to an enjoyable meal at the hostel provided by the school.
The Siyanda District Office of Basic Education, the Dept. of Environmental Affairs (Local Government Support, Siyanda), the Dept. of Social Development and the Bushman Council, provided outstanding support as members of the Steering Committee, whether financial or moral or by valuable input to the activities on the programme. Some members even made personal financial contributions regarded as part of their community social responsibility towards this venture as they referred to it. Free accommodation in Upington was provided by the Khara Hais Municipality at the Eiland Holiday Resort’s group facility and SANParks hosted the group in a tented camp at the Augrabies Falls National Park.
The visit to the Orange River Cellars in Keimoes was indeed a highlight as learners experienced the operations of such a world renowned entity, especially now within the wine-making season and was astonished especially by the technology of the cellar and the major economic contribution of it to the coffers of not only our province, but also nationally.
At the Augrabies Falls National Park an impressive programme by Mr. Ettiene Parsons of Astra Deals, which was followed by Ms. Christine Du Plessis’ environmental education programme (guided walk to Moon Rock and scenic drive) emphasised the essence and aim of the weekend. Throughout the weekend’s programme the theme has been emphasised and learners’ were constantly reminded to think healthy and stay healthy, and that a healthy body and environment equals a healthy mind.
In the final reflection activity learners were very appreciative for the opportunties they could have engaged into and made it clear that they aim to make a difference not only in their schools, but also in their communities. They also indicated that they would love to host learners from Duineveld at their school in future and that they are looking forward in enhancing partnerships. Herewith much appreciation to the contributions by all including all members of Duineveld High -, Rietfontein Combined - and the Simbruner Primary School, towards the massive success of this first of its kind nature- and social based learning exercise of this mentorship programme.

Compiled by Angela Isaks, SANParks Arid Region Office

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 Post subject: Re: Go Wild - Arid Parks
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Here are the pics.

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:redface: I didn't know this thread... quite interesting
I love the eyes of the kids on the cakes :clap:

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Love reading this kind of story :thumbs_up:

Well done to all concerned :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Arid 67 minutes and World Rangers Day

The arid region rolled up their sleeves and did an excellent job in contributing their 67 and more minutes on Mandela Day.

At the Augrabies Falls National Park, an event was held in the Bloukamp community. In partnership with the local Community Development Workers (CDW’s) from Marchand and Kakamas, the Dept. of Local Government & Housing (COGHSTA) as well as the local Kai!Garib Municipality, 3 water tanks were sourced from a private company (BVI Engineering) and put up on stands in the Bloukamp community to provide them with clean drinking water. The park provided each of the 26 households with a 10 litre bucket to collect the water from the water tanks for their households. The Bloukamp community were very pleased as they had to collect water from the canal for drinking before Mandela Day.

Since March 2012, various organisations, forums and community members were invited to knit scarves and to provide soup donations for Mandela Day, upon request from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On the 18th of July 2012 the People and Conservation Officer and a Member from the Bushman Board, Ms. Luce Steenkamp, visited old aged people of the Khomani San and other communities in the Andriesvale and Askham areas. 174 Scarves and 960 packets of soups were handed out to 53 community members. Soup packets were also handed out to the Kopan Crèche and the Askham Drop In Centre. 40 Mandela Day information leaflets were also handed out to visitors in the park.

The People and Conservation Division of the Mokala National Park commemorated Mandela Day by painting an old community hall that was used by the community of Salt Lake. The community came in their numbers as well as the kids in the community to participate. The woman divided themselves to prepare meals while the others together with the men took charge of painting, cleaning and fixing the roof of the hall.

At the Namaqua National Park 8 staff members plus 13 members of the Working for Wildlife team, committee members and volunteers from the Kheis community took on the challenging task of painting the “Babel and Krabel Pre-primary School” in the Kheis community. Paint was provided by the park. This need was identified by the Kamiesberg Municipality and the Community Development Worker (CDW), after the school embarked on a fundraising project, for several months. The program officially started with an overview of why this day is celebrated and from 10h00 painting got on the way after the group of 38 strong were divided. The program ended around 14h30 with a much deserved “potjiekos” meal for all the workers.

In the Richtersveld Mandela Day was celebrated with the Sanddrift Community to assist the very poor households in conjunction with their RGBK community representative. 5 households of the park staff donated clothes and shoes to the very poor, while the park donated a brandnew two-plate stove to a very poor household. In the park staff took to the streets and cleaned the local area in Sendelingsdrift.

World Rangers Day was celebrated at Twee Rivieren on the 31st of July 2012. Junior Rangers (JR’s) visited the park as part of the celebration and each JR received a Green Bow and Field Ranger Albert Bojane accompanied them on a short trail as well as informing them about their duties and the aim of this commemoration.

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Residents of the Bloukamp community, Augrabies, testing their new water tanks.
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Proudly showing off their newly branded water buckets.
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Luce Steenkamp, Bushman Council hand over a scarf to a community member.
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Painting in Progress in the Mokala park community.
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Female members from the community taking care of the painters.
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The tired but very satisfied and proud Namaqua group.
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Namaqua's end result
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Aletta Joseph, P&C Officer, handed over a braqndnbew two-plate stove to a Richtersveld community member.
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RANGERS DAY.
Albert Bojane helping out with the Junior Rangers
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 Post subject: Re: Go Wild - Arid Parks
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superb, thank you :D
and there is a yellow ribbon :wink:

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Well spotted anne-marie :clap:

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But it is not a Forumite......just a Mite :lol:

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Very interesting info and WELL DONE :thumbs_up:

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Article by: Aletta Joseph - People and Conservation Officer - ARTP

National Womens Month:


The Matjieshut Project in the Richtersveld National Park was finalised during National Women’s Month. Although the characteristic beehive-shaped huts look as if they are easy to assemble, a great deal of work goes into their construction. These huts can only be constructed by Women! Women play a central role in preparing the materials, in particular the mats and the rope that ties them to poles. It’s the women who tend to collect the rushes that will be used in manufacturing the mats.

The men cut branches from trees along the Orange River, the Haak-en Steek to make the poles. Branches are cleared of thorns, tanned over a fire (making it easier to pull the bark off), and bent into the required shape by being pinned to the ground and left for some days to set. The lower and thicker end of the poles is cut into the ground more easily.

Five elderly women of the Kuboes community: Kaaitjie Cloete, Anna Johanna De Wet, Jogebeth De Wet, Anna Johanna Joseph and Katarina Swartbooi were the builders of the five huts at Potjiespram Namahut Campsite\ EE bush camp while Andries Swartbooi from Sanddrift community were the men who helped them with the poles.

The aim of this project is to preserve the Nama Cultural Heritage and the utilisation of the huts will be two-folded: (i) for tourism and (ii) for Environmental Education of school groups and others. Herewith the integration of the Nama cultural awareness and possible revival amongst other cultural customs are enhance. The project will further rejuvinate the equity status of the Nama women as the builders, and they will further be potential Matjieshut Guides/teachers

The weaving of matjies and preparation of poles is a very rare skill in the Richtersveld and only a few elders are still practising these activities.


One of the elders, Ouma Sarah let her voice hear in a project planning meeting.
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Proudly showing off their handwork the traditional Matjiehut.
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Record breaking: Tamsen Jeftha by Henriette Ferreira, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The 24 year-old Tamsen Jeftha from Cape Town has joined SANParks in September 2011 as the first female field ranger in the history of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Tamsen Jeftha studied at Damelin College Mowbray where she obtained her National Diploma in Game Ranging and Lodge Management. She also did various short courses related to conservation.
She is based at the Mata Mata rest camp that is situated south-west of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park along the Namibian border. It is said that if one can survive at least six months in the Kalahari, one shall survive anywhere in the world; simply because of the isolation, distance and the harsh environment but to mention only a few. However Tamsen Jeftha seems to have adapted well with the environment particularly with her day to day work with her colleagues.
Field ranger work can be dangerous and demanding in terms of physical strength such as the rescue operation of trapped eland calf on the boundary fence that Tamsen Jeftha with her colleagues did during routine fence patrol and maintenance, and let alone the mending and renovation of conservation amenities such as waterholes, windmills, boundary fence etc.
Tamsen Jeftha has shown that she is mentally and physical prepared to take challenge because she actively participates in all tasks that her team is doing or involve in. The fact that she is the only women amongst the team of man does not hold her back to perform her duties to her full potential but seem to encourage her to do more. Gone are days where women were sidelines in most jobs that were regarded to be for the so called ‘mans job’. Well done to Tamsen Jeftha for grabbing these opportunity by both hands and making a huge success of it.

Part of Tamsen's daily chores.
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Tamsen with Colleague saving a Eland.
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Arid Region August 2012 Highlights:

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Well done KG and all the rest :gflower:

You are doing a GREAT GREAT job :clap: :clap:

I would like to see one of that matjieshutte - and it looks as if the women are really enthusiastic about building them :thumbs_up:

Tamsen - what a great job you are doing and what an example for all the girls out there :gflower:

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Arid Region P&C News

In the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park the final four groups for the Kids in Parks Programme visited the park from the 15th-26th of October 2012.

The Namaqua National Park hosted its 2nd Kids in Parks Programme for the year for the first time at Groenrivier, in the coastal section of the Park. Ten (10) schools were invited to participate in the programme and all accepted. This programme is special for different reasons: the most important one being that learners were exposed to a section of the park that are otherwise not accessible, due to the non-availability of environmental educational facilities.

To the learners and educators it was a unique experience and for the park it was a huge pleasure to teach them about the coast and the ocean. Activities included orientation about the ocean, including tides, ocean currents and waves, Illegal fishing, coastal ecosystems detectives and lots of fun.

The Augrabies Falls National Park made history when the Theatre for Africa(TfA) group selected the park as the venue for their Northern Cape workshop (only 1 workshop was held in each province) for youth drama training.

The TfA group is an NGO which provides drama training to the youth in order to interpret and present local environmental, political and social issues. 7 youngsters between the ages of 20-25 years of age from Kakamas, were taught the importance of their physical fitness, how to build a story/script with given information and how to look at animals so as to interpret them during a drama.

On the last day they presented a play to all the park staff and it was amazing to see how quickly the youth learnt and how much hidden talent was available. The youth thoroughly enjoyed the whole learning process and are very keen to learn more. If funding is secured phase 2 will entail a training period of about 6 weeks. This is really a worthwhile project and can lead to the youth who will be eventually so well trained and confident, that they will be able to earn an income from being actors.

The Mokala National Park hosted two sessions of the LoveLife Core 2 Training and groundbreakers from the area interacted within a number of different areas, ranging from team building to job skills to survival in the bush.

For the first time LoveLife visited the Richtersveld National Park in their quest to build sound relationships for the future. Also their end of year function was held in the park whereby certificates of achievements were awarded to the groundbreakers of LoveLife. The programme kicked off with a Powerpoint Presentation on the park the visiting group was also taken on a guided hike to the petroglyphs and was finally entertained with a pontoon trip.

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