Honorary rangers (HR), Johan and Colleen Kotze, restored 55 heritage sites in the Kruger National Park to their glimmering best.
Under the auspices of the HR Higveld Region, the Kotzes started the project on September 4 last year. First on the agenda were 31 plaques in the southern region camps – Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop and Berg-en-Dal.
On February 3, 2009, the Kotze team inspected and cleaned 12 sites in Skukuza, Satara and Olifants camps. On May 19, 2008 they began the northern leg of their project, which included eight sites from Letaba to Pafuri.
"A full report was submitted to Thanyani Madzhuta of the heritage division in the Kruger National Park," says Johan. "The exercise revealed that a number of plaques are missing or have deteriorated over the years. Sanparks will put a program in place under the leadership of Thanyani as to how these plaques will be replaced." The HR Higveld Region is chaired by Willie de Beer, Hoffie Sutherland Vice Chairman, Dennis Botha Treasurer and Anja Botha Secretary.