Christmas came early this year for the rangers of the Nxanatseni Region, in the form of the Honorary Rangers from the Rangers Support Services Unit. In fulfilment of the ever popular wish lists from the rangers of the Kruger National Park, the Honorary Rangers handed over essential stock items which will aid in ensuring that the rangers are able to fulfil their function of protecting the Kruger National Park.
Items such as binoculars, Maglites, multitools; backpacks; gas cooking cylinders; sleeping bags; mosquito nets; poncho's; mattresses and tents were handed over in a small ceremony held at the Letaba Club to a group of grateful rangers and field rangers. All the items will be used to allow field rangers and section rangers to camp in their sections increasing the coverage of the section patrols.
In total the items donated were worth in the region of R100 000. The funds used are raised by the Honorary Rangers through two very successful joint ventures between the Rangers Support Services and the Kruger National Park.
The first being Makohlolo, a rustic Bushcamp adventure, held in the region of Crocodile Bridge. The second being the Sunset Serenade, where participants can enjoy the classical sounds of a seven piece orchestra in the scenic Letaba Bushveld.
John Turner chairperson of rangers support services highlighted the willingness of the corps in assisting the rangers and ensured them of their continued commitment to the Rangers of not just the Kruger National Park but all South African National Parks.
Louis Olivier, regional ranger for the Nxanatseni Region, thanked the Honorary Rangers for their generous donations and with a smile assured the Honorary Rangers that the rangers of the Kruger National Park will continue to utilse their generous support.
By Kirsty Redman
In Kruger National Park