Retired rangers to help during strike

2012-02-07 12:34

Johannesburg - Retired rangers will stand in for striking rangers at the Kruger National Park (KNP), the park said on Monday.

Spokesperson William Mabasa said the park had been temporarily assisted by the SA Police Service and the SA National Defence Force.

It had now started recruiting retired staff and other trained rangers to work during the strike.

He said the park had no intention of dismissing the striking workers, who were not represented by a union.

Workers have demanded equal salaries across the board. They believe employees in similar positions should earn equal salaries regardless of varying years of experience or training.

"You can't have exact salaries... there will be variety," said Mabasa.

He said the tourism sector of the park had not been interrupted by the strike and it was business as usual.

"The tourists are not affected and we appreciate that the striking workers have not been intimidating anybody, but we are concerned about rhino poaching," he said.

"Of course, when our rangers go on strike when they know we have a strategy to step up anti-poaching, it feels like the trust is being betrayed as they were also part of the [anti-poaching] planning."

Mabasa said there had been no incidents of rhino poaching since the strike began on February 3.

  • Janice - 2012-02-07 12:48

    FIRE the strikers!!!

      Dave - 2012-02-07 13:36

      Agree as I wonder who has been involved in poaching the poor rhinos? None poached since they have been on strike!!!!

      Siphosethu Stuurman - 2012-02-07 13:40

      Fire the strikers for what they are constitutionally allowed to do? The article says the strike has been peaceful as there has not been any violence or any intimidation. If the Kruger National Park is serious about protecting Rhinos then they will have to fork out the reasonable funds. These man risk their lives protecting the KNP... Let's not be ignorant and uncaring middle class people.

      Sean - 2012-02-07 13:55

      @Siphosethu Stuurman -Just fire them !! FFS !! Wtf do you fools think by striking , peaceful or not ???

      Willie - 2012-02-07 15:10

      Agree 100%

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 18:51

      @Siphosethu: They are striking because they want equal pay across the board, doe that sound reasonable to you? It means some1 with a years experience must be paid the same as a ranger with 20yrs experience and qualifications, do you think that is right? If you do then you are an idiot!

  • Stan - 2012-02-07 12:54

    I say fire the strikers, perhaps they will find a future in Bafana! God knows they need them!!!

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 13:38


  • procold2 - 2012-02-07 12:55

    well done to the retired rangers.

  • christian.gandhi.burkert - 2012-02-07 12:56

    Every striker should be held accountable if a single rhino is harmed because of this!

  • bennievanderwesthuizen - 2012-02-07 13:31

    The lions are hungry - feed them

  • Ryan - 2012-02-07 13:32

    Equal pay must surely be comensurate with equal experience & qualifications! If their pay is poor, by all means, let their voices be heard, but a true ranger who is passtionate about the natural environment would NEVER compromise the integrity of any natural area. Are they holding KNP to ransom with this strike, knowing poaching is a huge problem at the moment? Are these striking 'rangers' prepared to further their qualifications and put in the time in order to be considered 'equal'? Pose the question to them, if they aren't, then fire them. They do not deserve the honour of protecting SA's most treasured wildlife area. Unemployment is rife, they can be replaced.

  • David - 2012-02-07 13:33

    "Workers have demanded equal salaries across the board. They believe employees in similar positions should earn equal salaries regardless of varying years of experience or training" A fine example of why SA will never have a competitive, productive work force.

  • Olivia - 2012-02-07 13:48

    Thank God for those retired people who are helping out in this time of need. Those animals NEED to be protected at all times. How could these men go on strike at such a time?

  • cobusrsms - 2012-02-07 15:08

    Mark, I hope you read this...exactly what you mentioned the other day on FB, despite many of the "old school guys" that would help for mahala/niks to combat the rhino killings...but ja..if "they" would just allow us to assist..

  • simon.bloch - 2012-02-07 16:57

    Come on Mr Mabasa, please check what you tell us. 06 February 2012 : carcass found KNP - North of Letaba

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