Members of the Honorary Rangers (HR), led by chairman of the national executive council, Janssen Davies, met with the managing executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Abe Sibiya and seven of his management team. Dr Sam Ferreira, mammal expert of the KNP, opened proceedings with a talk on the contentious SANParks rhino sales. Johan Malan of the game capture unit was on hand to expand on some of the technical issues.
Sibiya led the rest of the meeting in discussing the way forward between the two organisations, particularly on how they could align the services that are offered and provided by the HR’s to fit in with what is actually needed and requested by KNP staff.
The HR team comprised Piet Andjelkovic of the Bushveld region, Grant Coleman (Lowveld), Allison Esterhuizen (PEAP and Johannesburg regoin), Herculus Swart (Pretoria), John Brankin (NTC) and Andre van der Merwe (NEC financial portfolio). For SANParks, Dr Freek Venter, William Mabasa, Louis Olivier, Johan Malan, Mbongeni Tukela, Steven Whitfield and Vanessa Strydom held the fort.
On 3 August 2009, seven members of the Honorary Rangers (HR) met with Mr Abe Sibiya, the Acting Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP) at Skukuza. Janssen Davies, Chairperson of the NEC of the HR’s led the HR delegation, and Sibiya was assisted by seven of his management members, Dr Freek Venter, William Mabasa, Louis Olivier, Johan Malan, Mbongeni Tukela, Steven Whitfield and Vanessa Strydom. Five of the seven HR ‘s were NEC members.
In addition to the ‘wish list’ agreed upon by both organisations, Davies undertook to supply Sibiya with a list of the skills that is embedded in the HR corps, which will enable the Kruger management to draw from the depth of service that the Honorary Rangers could provide.