Cam­de­boo staff scoop a­wards

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Three of Cam­de­boo Na­ti­o­nal Park’s staff mem­bers re­tur­ned ho­me with spoils from the an­nu­al San­parks Re­gi­o­nal A­chie­vement A­wards e­ve­ning in Cra­dock last week.

Ser­ge­ant Ja­mes Maar­man and Con­ser­va­ti­on De­part­ment Su­per­vis­or, Al­ban Booy­sen re­cei­ved a joint Spe­ci­al Te­am Ef­fort a­ward. Park Ma­na­ger, M­z­wan­di­le M­ja­du, no­mi­na­ted them for w­hat he ter­med “their su­perb de­di­ca­ti­on and com­mit­ment to and ha­ving go­ne a­bo­ve and beyond their du­ties o­ver the past y­e­ar”. He said Ja­mes and Al­ban won’t think twi­ce a­bout put­ting in the ex­tra ef­fort and ta­king on the ro­les and re­spon­si­bi­li­ties of va­cant po­si­ti­ons in their re­specti­ve de­part­ments to en­s­u­re that they a­chie­ve their tar­gets – ha­ving had to work ma­ny hours of o­ver­ti­me and being a­vai­la­ble for call-outs at any ti­me of nig­ht and day du­ring the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ar, and which they con­ti­nue to do.

Buf­fer Zo­ne Coor­di­na­tor, Bron­wyn Bo­tha, won the Be­st Con­sti­tu­en­cy Buil­der a­ward. Bron­wyn has been hard at work im­ple­menting the Moun­tain

Ze­bra Cam­de­boo Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment ma­na­ge­ment plan. The­se in­clu­de the co-or­di­na­ti­on of the cul­tu­ral her­i­ta­ge sur­vey, the a­lien cle­a­ring and soil e­ro­si­on pri­o­ri­ty sur­vey and the sen­si­ti­vi­ty sur­vey. She has al­so been wor­king ti­re­les­sly at ex­pan­ding and con­so­li­da­ting the Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment, in the pro­cess ma­na­ging to get a furt­her 22 lan­do­w­ners with an ad­di­ti­o­nal 100 000 hec­ta­res to com­mit to the part­ners­hip.

In 2012 the Moun­tain Ze­bra Cam­de­boo Cor­ri­dor Pro­ject was i­ni­ti­a­ted in an at­tempt to se­cu­re cri­ti­cal buf­fer zo­ne a­re­as of both Moun­tain Ze­bra and Cam­de­boo Na­ti­o­nal Parks. Bron­wyn was em­ploy­ed at that ti­me by Wil­der­ness Foun­da­ti­on as the Pro­ject Ma­na­ger to im­ple­ment the cor­ri­dor pro­ject for San­parks. By the end of the pro­ject, she had ma­na­ged to se­cu­re 65 lan­do­w­ners of 268 343 hec­ta­res of pri­va­te land as part of a pro­po­sed Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment. The Moun­tain Ze­bra Cam­de­boo Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment was fi­nal­ly ap­pro­ved and ga­zet­ted on 1 A­pril 2016 by the Mi­nis­ter of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs. Bron­wyn was re­spon­si­ble for all the ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons with the lan­do­w­ners as well as the cre­a­ti­on of all the ne­ces­sa­ry re­sour­ces and do­cu­ments nee­ded for the sub­mis­si­on to the Mi­nis­ter. Sin­ce her re­turn to the pro­ject in 2016, this ti­me as the Buf­fer Zo­ne Co-or­di­na­tor for both Moun­tain Ze­bra and Cam­de­boo Na­ti­o­nal Parks, she has ta­ken le­aps for­ward. On her ar­ri­val back to the pro­ject, she on­ly had six mont­hs to cre­a­te and sub­mit the ma­na­ge­ment plan for the Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment that was to be sub­mit­ted by the end of March 2017 for ap­pro­val by the Mi­nis­ter. She ma­na­ged to draft this ma­na­ge­ment plan and ha­ve it re­vie­wed and accep­ted by the 65 lan­do­w­ners in the Pro­tected En­vi­ron­ment on ti­me. The ma­na­ge­ment plan was ap­pro­ved by the Mi­nis­ter in Au­gust 2017.

The a­wards e­ve­ning ta­kes pla­ce an­nu­al­ly and gi­ves re­cog­ni­ti­on to in­di­vi­du­als, te­ams and parks for out­stan­ding ser­vi­ce in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ar - in this ca­se, 2017/18. The Fron­tier Re­gi­on is ma­de up of the Ad­do E­lep­hant, Cam­de­boo, Gar­den Rou­te, Ka­roo and Moun­tain Ze­bra Na­ti­o­nal Parks.

Fron­tier Re­gi­o­nal Ge­ne­ral Ma­na­ger, D­ries En­gel­brecht, con­g­ra­tu­la­ting Ja­mes Maar­man and Al­ban Booy­sen.

Bron­wyn Bo­tha and D­ries En­gel­brecht

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