Zu­l­u­land re­sorts scoop ma­jor awards

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

ZU­L­U­LAND re­sorts won all four cat­e­gories in the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Ex­cel­lence awards at a gala din­ner in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg last Fri­day evening.

Nt­shon­dwe Re­sort in the Ithala Game Re­serve was named the Best Small Camp Site’, while the Best Ma­jor Camp Site award went to the Cape Vidal Re­sort in the iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park.

In the re­sort cat­e­gories, Sod­wana Bay in the iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park and Mpila in the Hluh­luweiM­folozi Park were recog­nised as the best small and ma­jor re­sorts re­spec­tively.

The pro­tected area of the year award went to the uKhahlamba Drak­ens­berg Park.


Recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence in the field of con­ser­va­tion, the best field ranger (Magqubu Ntombela Award) went to Thu­lani

Zulu of the St

Lu­cia anti-poach­ing unit, and the Best Con­ser­va­tion Man­ager was Hluh­luwe-iM­folozi Park’s Khetha Amos Tembe.

Roger Porter was the wellde­served re­cip­i­ent of the Life­time Achiever Award for his 39 years in con­ser­va­tion at var­i­ous re­serves be­fore mov­ing to Queen El­iz­a­beth Park.

Other in­di­vid­u­als recog­nised on the evening were Skhumbuzo Kubheka (a fresh wa­ter ecol­o­gist), who re­ceived the Sci­en­tific Ser­vices Award, Al­son Mnikathi (Kam­berg) the Gen­eral As­sis­tant Award. with the Eco­tourism Op­er­a­tions Award go­ing to Prisca Mbatha, a re­cep­tion­ist at the Nt­shon­dwe Re­sort in the Ithala Game Re­serve.

Head of­fice awards went to Bongiwe Se­folo (hu­man re­source of­fi­cer), Kerry Bro­ken­sha (area ac­coun­tant) and the CEO Award to Frik Lem­mer, Of­fi­cer-in-charge, Wee­nen Na­ture Re­serve. Skhumbuzo Kubheka was named the Em­ployee of the Year. An ex­ter­nal award for en­vi­ron­men­tal Jour­nal­ist of the Year went to Cyril Siphiwe Mn­guni of the SABC.

Sci­en­tific Ser­vices Award win­ner and Em­ployee of the Year Skhumbuzo Kubheka

Old Mu­tual Cor­po­rate Gen­eral Man­ager Malusi Ndlovu with Life­time Achiever Award win­ner Roger Porter

Guest speaker - Dr Zo­lile Mil­sana

Best Con­ser­va­tion Man­ager Khetha Amos Tembe of Hluh­luwe-iM­folozi Park proudly dis­plays his awards

Best Field Ranger and win­ner of the Magqubu Ntombela Award - Thu­lani Zulu of the St Lu­cia an­tipoach­ing unit

Chair­man of the KZN Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Board, Dr Wil­liam Mn­goma presents his ad­dress Larry Bent­ley

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