Addo rangers best in Frontier region

2019-08-01 06:01
;Chad Nelson (centre) received an award for Excellent Performance in the Workplace. With him are Dries Engelbrecht (left) Frontier Regional General Manager and Property Mokoena (right) SANParks’ Managing Executive: Parks. Photos:SUPPLIED

;Chad Nelson (centre) received an award for Excellent Performance in the Workplace. With him are Dries Engelbrecht (left) Frontier Regional General Manager and Property Mokoena (right) SANParks’ Managing Executive: Parks. Photos:SUPPLIED

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ADDO Elephant National Park’s rangers responsible for the main game viewing area of the park came up tops in the best performing ranger post category at this year’s SANParks Frontier Regional Achievement Awards.

The awards evening takes place annually, giving recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year – in this case 2018/19.

The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks. The event took place at the Africanos Country Estate near Addo last Thursday.

The Addo team of dedicated rangers were commended for their high levels of conservation management, despite caring for the section with the most tourist pressure in the region.

Not only did they not have any incidents of serious poaching, but they also participated in several joint security operations with the SAPS and private game reserves. Several of the team members even assisted other sections or parks when in crises – the most notable being the search for the missing lion from Karoo National Park earlier this year.

During a time of persistent drought, these rangers have also been responsible for maintaining the most water points in the Park, ensuring constant water supply to its inhabitants. Three individual awards were bestowed on staff who were deemed to have excelled in their duties, namely:

Excellent Performance in the Workplace – Chad Nelson (Receptionist)

Regional Manager’s Award – Nwabisani “Korsten” Hendricks (Marine Ranger)

Regional Manager’s Award – Sinor Witbooi (Duty Manager)

Frontier Regional General Manager, Dries Engelbrecht, congratulated all the recipients on their awards and thanked them for their selfless work.

He was joined in congratulating his staff by SANParks’ Managing Executive: Parks, Property Mokoena, who flew in specially to attend the awards.

“You are the examples of the quality of staff we have working in our national parks,” Mokoena said.

“Your dedication, passion and loyalty is evident in everything you do, and we hope that receiving these awards will go a long way in not only motivating you to carry on in this fashion, but also see your colleagues striving for better.”

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