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Rainfall: April 2017:
1983 - 2017 21.2mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 35°C
Min: 13°C
   
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Reserve Affairs


17/05/2017

Please note: The full Reserve Report is available on the Downloads page.

General:

  1. The next Members Information Evening is scheduled for Thursday 08 June, at Bryanston Country Club, for an 18h00 start. Johan Marias, a world-renowned herpetologist and snake expert, will be the guest speaker.

Staff Movement

One Field Assistant in conservation resigned.

Roads & Tracks

  • 60% of mitre drains were serviced on Argyle.
  • 75% of the roads on Goedehoop and 10% of the roads on Buffelsbed were attended to, either shaped with a grader blade or dragged with tractor and tyre.
  • All river crossings were graded and repaired after the Nhlaralumi River flowed on 15 April 2017.
  • Encroaching vegetation on the road verges along Umbabat Road was cleared.

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface is inspected on a weekly basis and general condition recorded in a register.
  • A reminder that all airstrip users must complete (once off) an Ingwelala Airstrip Indemnity Form before making use of the airstrip. Indemnity forms are obtainable from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Guest pilots must also complete the form before using the airstrip.

Fencing

  • All the fences are working within the APNR Protocol and Norms and Standards.
  • There were six breaches by elephants to the Camp fence, interesting to observe that four of these breaches took place over the busy Easter weekend and one over the long weekend at month end. The high camp occupancy with people presence seemed to not deter the elephants in any way.
  • Regular maintenance was carried out on the various camp fences throughout the month.

Hides Bomas and Picnic Sites

  • These facilities are checked daily.
  • Picnic tables and benches were repainted ahead of the busy periods. Grass was slashed at these facilities.

Security

  • An adult kudu cow was euthenased on Buffelsbed following deep tissue and joint damage from a snare.
    1705 kudu cow

Road Kill

  • X2 Nightjars
  • X1 Natal Spurfowl
  • X1 Snake (beyond identification)

General Fire risk management

  • Despite the late rains, veld fire risk will be steadily increasing as the autumn veld begins to dry out.
  • Fire-fighting equipment is checked on a weekly basis
  • Two tractor available to assist with fire-fighting (x2 water drawn carts).
  • X1 “Bakkie-Sakkie” serviceable and responsive on a “first call” basis.
  • X1 250-litre water cart and pump available for “fast response”, back up to “Bakkie-Sakkie”.
  • X 20 fire beaters and and x 4 knap-sack sprays in good working order.
  • Firebreak preparation around bungalows and infrastructure in camp has commenced and is 50% complete.

Water reticulation

  • Yield data for the boreholes is reflected in the following table, comparative with previous months:
BOREHOLE Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2017
May
2016
Jun
2016
July
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
BH NO 1 1095 97 87 188 0 0 165 153 283 106 53 175
BH NO 2 949 669 1005 1141 517 382 603 590 921 642 814 883
BH NO 3 193 683 342 6814 1129 343 721 575 834 518 473 320
BH NO 4 812 753 322 425 742 801 772 832 855 894 911 884
BH NO 5 345 245 353 4455 324 477 320 462 473 446 470 392
BH NO 6 650 107 683 622 548 662 553 709 593 586 394 690
BH NO 7 288 2 0 0 295 434 165 232 425 565 455 207
BH NO 9 Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar
J.B 0 0 0 43 382 345 285 329 111 0 0 0
GOODEHOOP 0 0 0 780 270 774 825 1018 753 762 870 507
 

Eskom Usage

The following graph shows the monthly Eskom Usage (Kwh) for Ingwelala.

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Vehicles and Workshop

  • The general fleet and static plant maintenance is 100% compliant with the servicing schedule.
  • Mercedes Vito awaiting a new starter motor.
  • Toyota Dyna (C2) and “water” Hilux (C1) to be replaced before end June.

Gate Statistics

GATE STATISTICS Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2017
May
2016
Jun
2016
Jul
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
VEHICLES 179 145 245 397 213 343 307 338 256 218 185 458
MEMBERS/GUESTS 481 437 798 1328 534 1034 1033 1013 689 609 614 1341
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 8 0 34 20 20 0 0 3 0 2 0
UNITS OCCUPIED 159 91 140 222 143 165 179 167 143 138 113 213
AIRBORNE VISITORS 8 7 3 17 4 18 19 3 8 11 7 2