Rodgers is my hero

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I read your in­ter­view with Rodgers Hobyane, camp at­ten­dant of Tsendze in the Kruger, with great in­ter­est ( go! #130). My friends and I first met Rodgers in 1998 when he was our hut at­ten­dant at Shimuwini Bush Camp. One day, af­ter bird­ing on the lowwa­ter bridge on the H14, our Kombi re­fused to start. Two ve­hi­cles ap­proached and we man­aged to push the Kombi off the bridge so they could pass. We asked the one driver, who was on his way to Shimuwini, to please let re­cep­tion know that we were stuck. Shortly there­after, two big men in a fancy Prado stopped and spent the next hour try­ing to find and fix the prob­lem. Then a lit­tle brown bakkie with the SANParks logo ar­rived. Out climbed Rodgers. He strolled over, opened the fuse box, flicked out a burnt fuse and re­placed it… Voilà, the Kombi started! I’ve sub­se­quently bumped into Rodgers sev­eral times and he al­ways recog­nises our bunch of girls in the Kombi, even if it’s a dif­fer­ent Kombi th­ese days. PAT KING, Jo­han­nes­burg

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